It doesn’t seem to end for the World Series of Fighting and their quest to put on a welterweight co-main event. Originally, the WSOF was going to put on a welterwieght tile fight between two former UFC fighters in Jon Fitch and Rousimar Palhares. Fitch, coming off a recent win, was to challenge Palhares for the title who himself had just won the belt.
Many were abuzz about this fight as it featured two dominant UFC fighters who could put on an entertaining fight. It was not meant to be, though, as Palhares announced that he was going to pull from the fight to take care of his ailing mother.
In stepped Jake Shields, the WSOF most recent signing, to fight Fitch in a non-title bout, but a high-profile fight nonetheless. Both Shields and Fitch are top ten welterweights in the world that have been cut from the UFC for, what many believe, unfair reasons. Shields and Fitch were both cut after losses, though they were few and far between. It’s a rare situation when two top-ten fighter aren’t in the UFC, and the WSOF took advantage by matching the two.
Shields then pulled out of the fight with an injury and WSOF staple, Josh Burkman, stepped up and took the fight with Fitch. This would be the third time the two fought, once in the UFC, a win for Fitch, once in the WSOF, a win for Burkman. Though Burkman isn’t nearly as highly ranked as Shields or Fitch, the idea of the rubber match was more than enough to sell the fight.
It was announced earlier today that Burkman is now out of the fight with Fitch due to an elbow injury, leaving the Fitch, once again, without an opponent. The WSOF has dug deep to find Fitch an opponent, hopefully they can continue to do so.
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