World Series of Fighting announced Monday a plethora of breaking news!
The first bit of bold news announced was that of the cancellation of WSOF 34 and 35. Both shows were scheduled to take place on November 12th and December 3rd. However the promotion suggested that their promotional muscle would be best utilized pushing what will likely be the organizations biggest show at the end of the year on New Years Eve inside the worlds most famous arena: Madison Square Garden.
The second bit of news came shortly after as the WSOF announced that the New Years Eve card would feature not one, not two, but three championship matches. Bantamweight champion will defend his title against a yet to be named opponent, Jon Fitch will defend his Welterweight title against Jake Shields, and Lightweight phenom Justin Gaethje will look to defend his championship for a record fifth time.
Marlon Moraes (17-4-1, 10-0 in WSOF) has defended his title twice this year against both Joseph Barajas and in a rematch against Josh Hill. Moraes finished both fights by knockout and has defended his title a total of four times. The 28 year old Brazilian star has won 10 straight under the promotion and has finished six of those bouts. WSOF has slated his opponent to be announced within the next two weeks.
Former UFC veterans clash as Jon Fitch (28-7-1, 4-2 in WSOF) will defend his newly won Welterweight gold against Jake Shields (31-8-1, 2-1 in WSOF). This match was originally slated to headline the November 12th event and will now serve as the co-main event of arguably the biggest event in promotional history. Fitch last defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision at WSOF 30 this past April. Shields was Fitch’s original opponent for that event but was pulled from the card due to a contract dispute.
Justin Gaethje (16-0, 9-0 in WSOF), who in all likelihood is the World Series of Fighting’s greatest star, will headline this historic card opposite the challenger Joao Zeferino (21-8, 3-2 in WSOF). Zeferino earned his coveted opportunity after knocking out Jason High at WSOF 33 in the third round. Of Gaethje’s nine wins in the organization, only one has ever gone the distance with the rest ending by way of knockout.
WSOF 34 takes place on December 31st and will go down in Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.