UFC vets Jake Shields and Brian Foster collide at WSOF 17

Jake ShieldsNo title fights are on World Series of Fighting’s first card of 2015 but the main event seems to be a title eliminator as UFC vets Jake Shields and Brian Foster square off at welterweight.  WSOF 17 takes place January 17th at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV with a main card broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

30-7-1 Shields went 4-3-1 in the UFC with his final fight being a unanimous decision loss to former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard in March.  Since then the ADCC Worlds vet picked up a rear-naked choke win over former MFC champion and Bellator vet Ryan Ford in Shields’ WSOF debut last October.  Foster went 3-2 in the UFC with his last fight in the Octagon being a guillotine choke loss to Matt Brown in November 2010 while post-Zuffa he is 6-1 with four wins in a row, the most recent being a unanimous decision over Gilbert Smith in TFC.  Foster has the odds stacked against him as being a kickboxer with some cross-training he is exactly what submission ace Shields wants to face.  Foster on the other hand might have a physical edge being 30 years old to Shields 36 years.

In the co-main event undefeated Jonathan Nunez seeks to add a victory against more experienced opponents as he faces Brian Cobb.  5-0 Nunez was last seen at WSOF 9 defeating Ozzy Dugulubgov by split decision, Cobb lost his sole UFC fight to Terry Etim in February 2009 with his post-UFC career being 5-3, a TKO loss to Justin Gaethje being his latest fight.

Also on the main card undefeated fighters clash as Brendan Kornberger and Krasimir Mladenov face off.  5-0 Kornberger defeated Micah Brakefield at WSOF 7 and has since defeated Brad Stewart in October at FFL 13, Mladenov enters the cage 11-0 with wins in WSOF over Kendrick Miree and Angel DeAnda.

Fight card:

  • Jamie Point vs. Trey Williams
  • Taylor McCorriston vs. Donavan Frelow
  • Soslan Abanokov vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Joe Condon
  • Gil Guardado vs. Sinjen Smith
  • Adam Cella vs. Danny Davis Jr.
  • Bryson Hansen vs. Rudy Morales
  • Krasimir Mladenov vs. Brendan Kornberger
  • Brian Cobb vs. Jonathan Nunez
  • Jake Shields vs. Brian Foster