World Series of Fighting is returning to Colorado.
The promotion has revealed that its 34th event will take place Saturday, Nov. 12 from the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo.
In the night’s main event, welterweight titleholder Jon Fitch will put his belt on the line against Jake Shields. The two former UFC title challengers had both previously challenged for the WSOF belt, but succumbed to former champion Rousimar Palhares. However, Palhares was stripped of the title after the Shields fight for failing to release the submission hold. Fitch would go on to defeat Joao Zeferino for the vacant title, giving him four wins in his last five outings. Shields will return to competition for the first time since the Palhares defeat last August.
Also announced for the event is a heavyweight clash between recent title challenger Josh Copeland and former champion Smealinho Rama. Copeland was last in action at WSOF 31, where he fell short against current champion Blagoy Ivanov. Prior to that, the UFC veteran made a successful promotional debut against Mike Hayes in WSOF’s first visit to Colorado. Rama, meanwhile, will also look to bounce back from a loss to Ivanov. The 24-year-old from Cananda relinquished his belt via third-round guillotine choke last June.
Finally, the event will also feature a welterweight bout between former UFC middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami and two-time All-American wrestler Paul Bradley.
The event will air live on the NBC Sports Network. More bouts for the event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event go on sale on Friday, Sept. 16.
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