According to Sam Caplan it appears likely that two top welterweight contenders will he locking horns later this year in a battle to determine who will receive a welterweight title shot sometime next summer. Jon Fitch, who many feel is one of the most underrated fighters in all of the UFC, will go toe-to-toe with Karo Parisyan in a fight that should be a true war and a great matchup for an eventual title shot.
Fitch started his career with 2 losses and a no contest compared to just 1 win but since the poor series he has rebounded to win 13 straight MMA fights including all 6 of his UFC bouts. Posting a debut win over Brock Larson Fitch continued with a submission win over Josh Burkman and a second-round TKO of Thiago Alves. He continued his winning ways over Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC 64 and Luigi Fioravanti at UFC 68. This past week he solidified his top contender status by posting a submission victory over Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 10.
Parisyan put up wins against Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, and Nick Thompson before being defeated by Diego Sanchez last August. He came back to the octagon to win his next fight over Drew Fickett before defeating Josh Burkman at UFC 71 in May. After the fight Karo pleaded for a title shot but he will instead be matched up with Fitch.
The welterweight division is in a holding pattern due to the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 6. The coaches on the show are current champion Matt Serra and Matt Hughes and while the show is currently being filmed it will not conclude until December when Serra and Hughes will meet for the welterweight title on the finale of the show. Next up for the title holder will be a matchup with Josh Koscheck or Georges St. Pierre pending their match at UFC 74.
While nothing has been confirmed or signed yet for this fight it appears that it is extremely likely to happen. No event has been rumored for the fight but with a wealth of UFC events this fall it will likely take place in September or October.