Canadian WSOF welterweight champion Ryan Ford (22-4-0) will face former UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) at WSOF 14 in Edmonton October 11th.
The news was first reported by Top MMA News. It will be the first title defence for the Edmonton native since winning the belt with a highlight reel stoppage of Joel Powell in February.
The bout will be aired live on NBC Sports from the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
The Crossfire confirmed the news with Ford later on in the afternoon.
— Ryan Ford (@RyanFordBoxing) August 4, 2014
Shields challenged Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight crown in 2011 in front of 55,000 people at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
A string of unimpressive bouts prompted his release.
A spectacular win could generate opportunities, particularly for Ford.