When Jake Shields was cut from the UFC, many were surprised that the organization let go a fighter who is obviously one of the best in the division. Shields signing with The World Series of Fighting was less surprising, as many recent UFC fighters who have been cut seem to be flocking to the new promotion.
One of the most high profile UFC fighters to go to WSOF is Jon Fitch, the man Jake Shields was supposed to fight after Rousimar Palhares pulled out of his fight with Jon Fitch. Though only a recent signing, Shields is a high profile enough name to warrant an immediate fight with the likes of Jon Fitch. Shields, however, has pulled from the fight, leaving Fitch without an opponent for the second time in just a couple of weeks.
Shields is citing an injury though nothing specific has come out. WSOF brass are currently looking for an opponent for Fitch, not yet scrapping the fight. If an opponent is found he will have just enough time to prepare as the fight is scheduled for July 5th, just about 5 weeks. The WSOF does not have an incredibly deep pool of talent to pull from just yet, and having two of their biggest names pull out of the fight with yet another big name will give the organization some trouble. These are the kind of scenarios that make or break MMA organizations that are trying to become the next big thing, though, with experienced representatives like Ray Sefo and Ali Abdelaziz calling the shots, the WSOF should have no trouble bouncing back from this minor misstep.
Tags: Jake Shields, Jon Fitch, MMA, Ray Sefo, World Series of Fighting