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wsof 17

The World Series of Fighting 17 goes down this Saturday night on NBC Sports Network, with Jake Shields meeting Brian Foster in the main event.

Set for Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the action starts at 9 p.m. ET.

Shields is looking to secure a title fight with WSOF champion Rousimar Palhares by defeating Foster, who is a fellow UFC veteran.

In other main card action, Brian Cobb meets Johnny Nunez and Brendan Kornberger takes on Krasimir Mladenov.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Jake Shields vs. Brian Foster

Lightweight: Brian Cobb vs. Johnny Nunez

Middleweight: Krasimir Mladenov vs. Brendan Kornberger

Bantamweight: Bryson Hansen vs. Rudy Morales

Welterweight: Adam Cella vs. Danny Davis, Jr.

PRELIMINARY CARD (NBCSports.com/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Gil Guardado vs. Sinjen Smith

Lightweight: Joe Condon vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

Featherweight: Soslan Abanokov vs. Jordan Rinaldi

Flyweight: Donavon Frelow vs. Taylor McCorriston

Middleweight: Jamie Point vs. Trey Williams

Patricio Freire

Bellator MMA kicks off 2015 with Bellator 132 this Friday night from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Resort and Casino.

In the Spike TV main event, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defends his featherweight title against Daniel Straus. This marks a rematch from a 2011 bout, won by Freire.

Other main card fights include former World Series of Fighting featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan meeting ex-NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins, Houston Alexander squaring off with Virgil Zwicker and Fernando Gonzalez battling Marius Zaromskis.

The complete lineup can be found below, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Daniel Straus

Featherweight: Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

Light Heavyweight: Virgil Zwicker vs. Houston Alexander

Welterweight: Fernando Gonzalez vs. Marius Zaromskis

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Dustin Jacoby vs. John Salter

Catchweight: Everett Cummings vs. Jason Glaza

Welterweight: Jonathan Rivera vs. Steve Kozola

Lightweight: Derek Anderson vs. Danny Navarro

Bantamweight: Fabian Gonzalez vs. Albert Morales

Middleweight: Luc Bondole vs. Chris Herrea

ufc fight night 59

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson caused some stirring when he mentioned a possible move to welterweight.

Now, “Smooth” sounds as if he is focused back on making a run at the 155-pound title.

Henderson returns to action this coming Sunday night against Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 59. He has twice defeated Cerrone while the two were in the WEC.

“I like ’55,” Henderson said, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “If there were some good, intriguing, nice matchups at ’70, like talking about getting a title shot immediately, I would be open to that.”

Henderson (21-4) is 2-2 in his last four, including an August knockout loss to Rafael dos Anjos. Prior to that, he had defeated Rustam Khabilov and Josh Thomson after losing his title to Anthony Pettis.

Cutting to 155 has always been a concern for Henderson, but he seems content with it for now.

“It does get a little bit harder and harder to make weight the older I get,” he said. “Getting down to ’55 is definitely not a fun process. It takes a toll on your body.

“All that being said, we’ll see.”

ronda rousey

Cat Zingano is currently locked into Ronda Rousey’s radar, as the female bantamweight champion will defend her title in February at UFC 184.

However, that doesn’t mean Rousey isn’t paying attention to others in the 135-pound division.

“I’m keeping an eye on Bethe Correia,” said Rousey, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “She’s undefeated right now. And Holly Holm, I’m looking forward to her debut.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jessica Eye do well this year, too. So all three – I’m very interested to see how the year plays out for them.”

Rousey will be competing for the first time since defending her title vs. Alexis Davis last year. Correia has earned two wins over her “Four Horsewomen” teammates, calling out the champion after each performance.

Holm is a former world boxing champion who was injured late in 2014, delaying her Octagon debut.

As for her current challenger, Zingano carries an unbeaten mark into the planned fight. The two were expected to square off previously, but a knee injury sidelined “Alpha.”

“Cat is an extremely unique fighter,” she said. “Not only is she undefeated, she’s shown an amazing ability to deal with a lot of adversity. There’s been a lot of times in her fights where she’s been down, but she’s never been out.

“There’s been times when he’s close to losing, but there’s never been a time when she didn’t come back. That makes her an extremely dangerous opponent. I have to entirely put her away to the very end. She’s the most risky opponent I’ve never had.”

Rousey does have company in terms of being a female champion in the UFC, as the promotion crowned Carla Esparaza the strawweight champion recently. “Rowdy” believes the division is still growing, but welcomes the addition.

“It’s good and it’s been around a while with Invicta building it up. But it’s little bit younger than the bantamweight division,” she said. “It’s a little striker heavy, so the grapplers have the advantage at the moment and it doesn’t surprise me that Carla is the champ because she has the style advantage over everyone at the top of the division.”

ronda rousey

With a win over Nick Diaz later this month, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will jump ahead of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Luke Rockhold and the rest of the 185-pound division.

UFC president Dana White confirmed during an appearance on “UFC Tonight” that “The Spider” can become the next contender to the belt by defeating Diaz at UFC 183.

Current champion Chris Weidman is set to defend his title vs. Vitor Belfort next month. Weidman has already defeated Silva twice, including a win in 2013 that left the Brazilian with a broken leg.

“If Anderson wins that fight, and whether Vitor or Weidman win, then you have Anderson Silva vs. either one of those guys,” White said. “It’s an interesting fight. After the injury, where is Anderson going to be mentally? He does the right thing and is going to be in shape, but will he throw leg kicks the way he used to?

“Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in a while. So who knows. We’ll see what happens.”

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