Shields Returns in Jan for WSOF 17

Shields Returns in Jan for WSOF 17

Rousimar Palhares puts his World Series of Fighting welterweight title on the line Saturday night against Jon Fitch, and the winner of that bout will sit down and watch Jake Shields battle Brian Foster for the No. 1 contender spot at WSOF 17.

Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that Shields vs. Foster goes down Jan. 17 at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and a title shot is also on the line. The fight card airs live on NBC Sports.

After a eight-fight run in the UFC, Shields (30-7-1, 1 no-contest) tapped Ryan Ford in his WSOF debut in October, earning the former Strikeforce and EliteXC champion his first stoppage victory since a first-round submission over recently crowned UFC champion Robbie Lawler.

Foster (22-6), a fellow UFC veteran, makes his WSOF debut after racking up a four-fight winning streak with three stoppages. The Oklahoma-native is 8-1 in his past nine bouts, including a second-round submission victory over UFC contender Matt Brown.

WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares puts his title on the line against fellow UFC veteran Jon Fitch at Saturday night’s WSOF 16 in Sacramento, California.