Jake Shields Heads North To Fight Ryan Ford at WSOF 14
Jake Shields is heading to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to face hometown fighter Ryan Ford at World Series of Fighting 14, according Top MMA News‘ sources close to the fight. The event will be held on October 11th at the Northlands Expo Centre and will be live on NBC Sports Network.
Facing Ford in front of his rabid hometown crowd will be not be an issue for Jake Shields, who headlined UFC 129 in Toronto in front of 55,000 Georges St-Pierre backers. Shields (29-7), who will be making his first appearance for the World Series of Fighting, is a former Strikeforce and EliteXC champion and a UFC Welterweight title contender. Shields has gone 3-1-1 in his last five fights with wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, and Yoshihiro Akiyama. He lost a decision to Hector Lombard in his last UFC appearance.
Shields will undoubtedly be the biggest test of Ryan Ford’s career. Ford (22-4), the #4 ranked Canadian Welterweight, is unbeaten in his last six fights and has been victorious in ten of his last eleven trips to the cage. In his most recent bouts, “The Real Deal” smashed Joel Powell with a Front Kick, submitted Michael Hill while he had a broken arm, and knocked out Brendan Tierney with a left hook while jumping into his guard.
Canada’s top Heavyweight Smealinho Rama (8-1) will join Shields and Ford on the card. Rama most recently defeated former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague in May. Previous to that fight, Rama stopped the highly-regarded World Series of Fighting prospect, former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco.
The event was originally scheduled for October 4th, according to the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, but sources state that the show has now been pushed back one week to October 11th.