Aaron Simpson announced earlier this year that he will be dropping down to the welterweight division. He now has an opponent scheduled for that debut, longtime title contender Jon Fitch. That matchup is likely to take place at UFC 149 on July 21st, which goes down from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the matchup.
Fitch (23-4-1D-1NC) returns to the Octagon for the first time since suffereing his first loss in over three years last December. Fitch faced fellow wrestler Johny Hendricks at UFC 141, and was knocked out in just 12 seconds. Fitch had a six fight unbeaten streak going into the matchup, which included a draw to former champion B.J. Penn. Now, after the loss, just the second of his UFC career, Fitch will seek revenge against another wrestler in Simpson.
Simpson (11-3) drops to welterweight after a twelve year career at middleweight, including the last three years in the UFC. The former All-American wrestler at Arizona State enjoyed success at middleweight, with a 6-3 record inside the organization. However, after a split decision loss to Ronny Markes at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February, Simpson declared his future lied in a different weight class.
UFC 149 will be headlined by Jose Also, who will defend his featherweight championship against a yet-to-be named opponent. Another exciting welterweight matchup was recently added to the card, as Thiago Alves will take on Yoshiro Akiyama at the event.
Pictured: Jon Fitch
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