On Saturday, January 17th World Series of Fighting held WSOF 17: Shields vs. Foster from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

In the main event of the evening two UFC veterans clashed to determine the next WSOF welterweight challenger when Jake Shields faced off with Brian Foster. Shields was somewhat controversially released from the UFC last year after a loss to Hector Lombard. After that release Shields elected to sign with WSOF and submitted Ryan Ford in the first round in his debut fight. Foster was making his WSOF debut in this bout. Foster’s exit from the UFC was somewhat puzzling as well as he left on a two fight winning streak, with his last fight in the promotion a submission victory over Matt Brown. Foster has only lost once in his last nine fights and entered this bout with Shields on a four fight win streak.

In the night’s co-main event we saw an interesting clash between lightweight veteran, Brian Cobb, and lightweight prospect Jonathan Nunez. Cobb came into this bout five years older and with more than five times the professional experience than Nunez. Interestingly though, Cobb hadn’t fought since a 2013 loss to now champion Justin Gaethje. Nunez came into this bout unbeaten in five professional bouts including a split decision victory in his promotional debut last March.

The evening’s action kicked off with preliminary fights streaming on NBCSports.com at 7 p.m. ET with the main card on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.

Full results as well as a recap of the night’s action is below.

Main Card Summary

Adam Cella and Danny Davis Jr. kicked off the main card. After a lackluster first round and a point deduction for Davis kicking Cella in the head while grounded early in the second round Davis really took control of the fight. Cella just couldn’t get anything going against Davis who cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

In the second bout of the main card Bryson Hansen closed the distance and took Rudy Morales down to start the first round. Hansen spent the entire round brutalizing Morales with ground and pound opening up a nasty cut by his eye. Rounds two and three saw much of the same; Hansen taking Morales to the mat and controlling him with ground and pound and constant pressure. This one was all Hansen.

The third bout of the main card featured a middleweight tilt between Brendan Kornberger and Krasimir Mladenov. It was clear from the get go that Mladenov want to take the fight to the ground while Kornberger was constantly looking to find his range. While Kornberger was able to get the better of the striking exchanges it was Mladenov’s constant pressure and takedowns that won the fight on the judge’s scorecards.

In the co-main event of the evening Jon Condon took on Johnny Nunez filling in for an injured Brian Cobb. From the outset Nunez controlled the action and even had Condon is some trouble early but Condon just kept hanging around. Then in the third round Nunez left his neck open and Condon latched on with a guillotine and finished the fight.

The main event of the evening featured a welterweight number one contender bout between Jake Shields and Brian Foster. Shields came out early looking for the takedown. While Foster was able to defend it early and scrabble when Shields did get the bout to the ground it didn’t take long for the finish to come. Once on the ground Shields quickly passed the guard, transitioned to mount and forced Foster to give up his back. From there Shields sunk in a rear naked choke and finished the fight.

FULL RESULTS
Jake Shields def. Brian Foster by Submission (rear naked choke). Round 1 2:51
Joe Condon def. Johnny Nunez by Submission (guillotine). Round 3, 4:22
Krasimir Mladenov def. Brendan Kornberger by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Bryson Hansen def. Rudy Morales by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27).
Danny Davis Jr. def. Adam Cella by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
Jordan Rinaldi def. Soslan Abanokov by Submission (armbar). Round 3, 3:02
Donavon Frelow def. Taylor McCorriston via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Trey Williams def. Jamie Point by Technical Submission (anaconda choke). Round 1, 3:52

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RJ Gardner
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