Jake Shields Injured, Out of WSOF 11 Welterweight Matchup with Jon Fitch
The fight card for WSOF 11 has been altered again, as an injury to Jake Shields has forced the welterweight to withdraw from his planned clash with Jon Fitch.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the news with World Series of Fighting officials following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Shields stepped in earlier this month after the promotion’s original plan to pair Fitch against champion Rousimar Palhares fell through.
WSOF 11 takes place July 5 at a to-be-announced location and is headlined by a lightweight title confrontation between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell. The evening’s main card airs live on NBC Sports, though it is currently unknown if Fitch will remain on the bill.
After rash of weigh-in gaffes, Cage Warriors to dock 60 percent of cash
A number of Cage Warriors fighters have recently had trouble making weight, but if it keeps up, they could now be fined more than half of their fight purses.
The organization today announced that beginning with its “Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday” card, which streams on MMAjunkie on June 7 from London, fines for missing weight will climb to 60 percent. The offending fighter’s opponent will receive 40 percent of the fine, and the opponent also gets to choose a charity of his or her choice that will receive the other 20 percent.
“We’re dealing with professional athletes here, but due to the lack of professionalism displayed by some, we’ve been forced to make these changes,” Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan stated in today’s announcement. “Making weight is an obligation, not an option, and this will be the first step towards ensuring that we never have a situation again like we did last week.”