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World Series of Fighting 14 preview: Ryan Ford vs. Jake Shields

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Look ahead to tonight's World Series of Fighting 14 MMA event with predictions for Jake Shields vs. Ryan Ford and more.

There's no UFC this weekend but that doesn't mean there isn't big time MMA action on your television. If you've got NBC Sports on your cable channel you can catch World Series of Fighting 14: Ford vs. Shields tonight at 9 p.m. ET live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

It's a four fight main card so without further hoo-ra here are quick previews & predictions. For more in-depth analysis, watch Zane Simon and Victor Rodriguez make their picks in the video above.

Ryan Ford vs. Jake Shields
Ford is a 31-year-old knock out artist who's 22-4 as a pro fighter with 12 KO/TKO wins including over Karo Parisyan and Pete Spratt. His losses include Douglas Lima and Pat Healy (twice).

The 35-year-old Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) is a former Strikeforce champ and UFC title challenger known for his grappling and submission acumen (10 submission wins). He's notched wins over Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami, Robbie Lawler, and Dan Henderson. Some of his losses came at the hands of Georges St-Pierre, Hector Lombard and Jake Ellenberger.

While it's likely that the savvy Shields can get Ford down and get a submission or ride out a decision, Ford has the proverbial puncher's chance. If age is slowing Shields down, look for Ford to pounce and get a quick KO win.

Smealinho Rama vs. Derrick Mehmen
These heavyweights will look to thunder up the cage in the co-main event.

Calgary's Rama is a finisher who's only gone to a decision once in his 9 fight career. He blitzed UFC vet Tim Hague but has almost as many submission wins as KOs.

Mehmen rides a six fight win streak into the bout, including a finish over Rolles Gracie. He's a power puncher with 11 KO/TKO finishes in 18 wins.

I'm picking Rama as he's the younger man with more upside but it's really anyone's fight to lose.

Chris Horodecki vs. Luis Huete

Featherweight Chris Horodecki was once the 20-year-old darling of the IFL but it's been a long strange trip for "The Polish Hammer" since the death of that promotion. He's since washed out in the WEC, Affliction and Bellator before finding his way to the WSOF.

Heute doesn't even have a wikipedia entry, much less a win over a a notable opponent so look for Horodecki to dominate but prepare to be disappointed.


Luke Harris vs. Jared Hamman
Light heavies Harris and Hamman open the card. Hometowner Harris will look to add an 11th submission win over the UFC veteran Hamman who is coming off a 2-5 UFC run, including a three-fight losing streak to end his Octagon career.