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Jake Shields    WSOF    Welterweight
Shields will take on Jon Fitch for the World Series of Fighting Welterweight Title at WSOF 34 on Nov. 12 in Loveland, Colorado, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Shields ands Fitch were originally scheduled to throw down back in April, but a contract dispute between Shields and the promotion ultimately pushed back the bout. Now with a new deal, Shields will look to earn a belt in his fourth fight with the WSOF. He last fought professionally in August of 2015, suffering a controversial split-decision loss to Rousimar Palhares, who was suspended after the fight for holding his winning submission too long (aka "cranking"). Shields was more concerned about multiple eye pokes after that fight, and his response earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct suspension of his own. With all that in the past, Shields will now look to earn a belt against another former UFC product that matches up equally in terms of age, experience and measurements. It's an excellent matchup, though it will likely be overshadowed by UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, which is set to air on the same night.
Jon Fitch    WSOF    Welterweight
Fitch will defend his World Series of Fighting Welterweight Title against Jake Shields at WSOF 34 on Nov. 12 in Loveland, Colorado, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Fitch is a former UFC product that has gone 4-2 since moving to WSOF in June of 2013. He'll face another fighter who used to grace the UFC roster in Shields, a welterweight that stacks up similarly in age, measurements and experience. The two were supposed to throw down back in April, but a contract dispute between Shields and the promotion pushed the bout back. It's a quality fight, but will likely be overshadowed by UFC 205 at the Madison Square Garden, which is set to take place on the same evening.
Ramsey Nijem    WSOF    Lightweight
Nijem signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with WSOF on Monday, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nijem's last fight was with UFC in July 2015, when he lost to Andrew Holbrook by decision. He's fought for the UFC since 2011, and racked up a 9-6 professional career.
Jared Rosholt    WSOF    Heavyweight
Rosholt signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting on Wednesday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rosholt was released by the UFC in March, despite holding a 6-2 record in the octagon. He was regarded as a boring heavyweight fighter, which could be why he was released. He is uncharacteristic as a heavyweight, most often winning fights by decision. He does not yet have a fight scheduled with his new promotion.
Paul Bradley    WSOF    Welterweight
Bradley signed an exclusive, multi-fight agreement with the World Series of Fighting on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Bradley's debut fight in the octagon will be announced in the near future. "The Gentleman" last fought under the Bellator banner, and had won two consecutive fights before signing with WSOF, most recently defeating Chris Honeycutt at Bellator 148 in late-January.
Phil Hawes    WSOF    Middleweight
Hawes, an undefeated middleweight prospect, has signed with the World Series of Fighting.

Fantasy Analysis

Hawes has ended his first three professional fights via stoppage, as the former collegiate wrestler has been generating a significant amount of buzz of late. It's now time for the 27-year-old and former Ultimate Fighter contestant to put his skills to the test in a well-known promotion. Surely the world class coaches at Jackson Wink MMA Academy, where Hawes now trains, will get his career started on the right trajectory.
Lorenzo Hood    WSOF    Heavyweight
Hood has signed a multi-fight deal with the World Series of Fighting, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hood was inked to the WSOF heavyweight roster on the same day as Shawn Jordan, but unlike Jordan, he does not have any experience in the top-tier promotions such as the UFC. "The Dream Killer" was awfully close to making a debut for Bellator last August, but ultimately had to withdraw shortly before the event due to a knee injury. At 27 years old, Hood's best years could very well be ahead of him. For now, he will simply provide roster depth.
Shawn Jordan    WSOF    Heavyweight
Jordan has signed a multi-fight deal with the World Series of Fighting, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jordan was once part of the UFC's heavyweight roster, where he accumulated a 6-4 record dating back to 2012. He has a strong win against Derrick Lewis on his resume, but has suffered defeat when he has faced better competition (Ruslan Magomedov, Matt Mitrione, Cheick Kongo). He'll now bolster the depth of the WSOF heavyweight division.
Jared Rosholt    WSOF    Heavyweight
Rosholt was released by the UFC, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This development comes a bit over a month after he was defeated in a unanimous decision by Roy Nelson. Despite holding a 6-2 record in the octagon, Rosholt was regarded as one of the most boring fighters in the UFC, which could have been part of the reason the organization decided to let him go. Out of his six wins in the promotion, five went the distance and ended in decision, which is typically uncharacteristic of heavyweight fighters. Given his name recognition, Rosholt should at least see a modest offer from another promotion such as Bellator or WSOF.
Jared Rosholt    WSOF    Heavyweight
Rosholt lost to Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

To give you an idea of how boring Rosholt is to watch, he somehow managed to lull Nelson into a snoozer. Rosholt went for a couple of half-hearted takedown attempts, but he mostly just stood around and did nothing for 15 minutes. It was a really bad look for a guy who has earned a reputation throughout the sport as being quite possibly the most boring fighter in all of MMA. There are plenty of fighters in the UFC's heavyweight division that Rosholt can beat, but his wins are typically so dull that he hasn't raised his stock much despite a career record of 6-2 inside the octagon.
Jared Rosholt    WSOF    Heavyweight
Rosholt (+145) is the underdog for his heavyweight fight against Roy Nelson that will take place on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Rosholt is 6-1 in the UFC and he is coming off a victory over a big name in Stefan Struve, but his style is painfully boring to watch and he hasn't earned many new fans of late. Rosholt is a quality wrestler, but he brings little else to the table and it appears that a boring decision victory is his only path to a win here. Even as an underdog, he makes for a poor DFS play.
Paul Bradley    WSOF    Welterweight
Bradley will enter his welterweight fight with Chris Honeycutt as a +290 underdog at Bellator 148 on Friday in Fresno, California.

Fantasy Analysis

After an accidental head clash brought a premature ending to Bradley's fight with Honeycutt at Bellator 140, "The Gentleman" will have an opportunity to avenge his no-contest on Friday. Bradley has fought professionally since 2006, and made appearances in Strikeforce and the UFC. Having headlined a Bellator card in Oct. 2014 against Josh Neer, Bradley will look to use his decided experience advantage against his undefeated opponent.
Jared Rosholt    WSOF    Heavyweight
Rosholt defeated Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 193 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

A win is a win, but it was a typical dull performance that won't win Rosholt many new fans. He was able to take Struve down in the first two rounds and control the fight on the mat, but he was clearly gassed at the end and spent the majority of the third round running away from Struve. Rosholt is probably going to find himself in the top-10 of the heavyweight division after this fight, but he is notorious for being one of the more boring performers in the company.
Jon Fitch    WSOF    Welterweight
Fitch defeated Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in the main event of WSOF 24 on Saturday in Connecticut.

Fantasy Analysis

If you didn't see the fight because you were watching the baseball playoffs or college football, you didn't miss much. It was a three-round snooze fest between two guys who are well past their prime. Fitch has fought more or less the best that the WSOF has to offer and he thus far has a 4-2 record with the promotion. He is still a known name, but his game has fallen off a cliff over the last couple of years.
Blagoy Ivanov    WSOF    Heavyweight
Ivanov defeated Derrick Mehmen via TKO at 4:33 of Round 2 to retain his WSOF heavyweight championship at WSOF 24 on Saturday in Connecticut.

Fantasy Analysis

It's been mentioned before, but Ivanov's comeback is one of the best stories in all of MMA. He nearly died after being stabbed in February 2012 and he has returned to become a champion in one of the better known promotions in all of MMA. Mehmen isn't a worthy challenger, but the strides that Ivanov has made in the last three-plus years qualify as a miracle.