Jon Fitch to defend welterweight title against Jake Shields at WSOF 34
<p>Jon Fitch is <a href="http://www.wsof.com/2016/08/wsof-release-fallwinter-2016-super-schedule-nbc-nbcsn/">set to defend his WSOF welterweight title</a> against Jake Shields at WSOF 34 in Loveland, Colorado.</p>
<p>Fitch (28-7-1, 1 NC) recently won the vacant welterweight title at WSOF 30 in April with a unanimous decision over João Zeferino, making him 4-1 in his last five outings. The UFC veteran previously fought for the title against Rousimar Palhares in 2014 but was submitted in just 90 seconds. He managed to bounce back, however, with a unanimous decision over fellow UFC vet Yushin Okami in October.</p>
<p>Also a previous challenger for the WSOF welterweight title is Jake Shields (31-8-1, 1 NC) whose last fight was a third-round submission loss to Palhares. The 41-fight veteran was cut by the UFC following a decision loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171 which broke his four-fight unbeaten streak. After being signed by WSOF, he scored two first-round submission wins over Ryan Ford and Brian Foster.</p>
<p>The event, which takes place on November 12, will occur on the same night as the UFC’s debut in New York City at UFC 205. WSOF president Ray Sefo acknowledged the clash of schedules and explained that the date for it was set long ago.</p>
<p>"We have our dates laid out, and this one was set," Sefo said. "We didn't know New York was going to pass MMA, and in reality, this is hard to avoid. The UFC has a show every week, sometimes twice a week. We already have dates in place for 2017."</p>
<p>WSOF 34 takes place at the Budweiser Events Center and will air at 10pm ET on NBCSN.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.