A rising premiere franchise, the World Series of Fighting promotion has done nothing but brought its viewers the best non-stop action featuring the top veteran and rising stars the sport has to offer.

Looking to close the year of 2014 with a bang, WSOF 16 is a must see fight card which features the long awaited confrontation between Jon Fitch and Rousimar Palhares for the WSOF welterweight title. Originally scheduled for WSOF 11, the anticipation for this fight has been building for a long time which leaves the question as to what each fighter brings to the table that will make him emerge victorious.

Both fighters battle in vastly different areas which strategies have secured them countless victories throughout their fight careers.

John Fitch Analysis

A former UFC contender Fitch is no stranger to high profile matches. A key strength Fitch brings with him going into this fight is his unique fighting style that is extremely well-rounded. Highly decorated wrestler, Guerrilla jiu-jitsu black belt, and superb striker, Fitch has a wealth of experience. This makes Fitch fully prepared for wherever the fight goes.

Another key feature is his conditioning. At the highest level of competition, he can hold his own against anyone. Showcased through his 17 career decisions victories, including a draw decision against BJ Penn, the longer the fight goes, the more it tips in the favor of Fitch to becoming the new welterweight champion.

Bouncing back from his promotional debut loss to Josh Burkman at WSOF 3, Fitch has bounced back with back-to-back decision wins over Marcelo Alfaya and Dennis Hallman, putting him in the No.1  contender spot for the title. For Fitch, this fight not just about capturing the title, but also reminding everyone why he is one of the top welterweights in the world.

Rousmir Palhares Analysis

Capturing the title will be no easy task as he must go up against the always dangerous
Palhares. Although controversial for his ethics in combat, there is no denying that Palhares is amongst a rare breed of submission artist that the MMA world has ever seen.

17 submission victories, the majority leg lock finishes, he is fast and unpredictable as many of his opponents have not made it out of the first round against him. This feature alone is the key element that will push him close to victory in this fight. Many fighters before Fitch has staked claim to his past opponent’s strategy of not falling into his game or keep the fight standing. Sadly, very few have been able to execute their planned counter attack as the end results find them clinching to their legs in pain as the referee pulls Toquinho off of them.

Securing a 69 second submission victory over Steve Carr at WSOF 3, Palahres became the WSOF welterweight champion. This is will be his first title defense as he looks to hold on to the title with a victory over Fitch.

Be sure to tune in to this must see title fight at WSOF 16 on December 13.

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.