Two former UFC icons, Jake Shields and Jon Fitch, will battle for the World Series of Fighting welterweight championship on Nov. 12.
Shields (31-8) will challenge current champion Fitch (28-7-1) in a match that could headline any PPV or TV card in the world. Shields is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, and famously survived Dan Henderson's right hand -- and lived to tell about it. Henderson nearly knocked him out in the first round, but Shields survived and grappled his way to victory.
Fitch and Shields are both high level grapplers, which could make this fight a classic once it goes to the ground.
Fitch became the reigning champion by defeating Yushin Okami. This came after Rousimar Palhares was stripped of the title and banned for two years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He was accused of holding on to a submission for too long in his bout with Jake Shields, after the referee had called the fight. Coincidentally, Palhares also holds a submission victory over Fitch.
The fight will take place at WSOF's Nov. 12 event, the same night as UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.