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Fitch, Wellisch, and Aurelio Released By The UFC

Jon FitchRecent welterweight championship challenger Jon Fitch (19-3) was released by the UFC today after refusing to sign away his lifetime video game rights to the promotion, according to MMA Mania.

Heavyweight Christian Wellisch (8-4) was also cut by the UFC after failing to sign the agreement.

Fitch, who had been scheduled to fight Akihiro Gono at UFC 94 on January 31st, was last in action in August at UFC 87, losing to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre via unanimous decision. He had previously won 15-straight fights, including a record-tying 8-straight in the UFC.

Wellisch had won two-straight bouts over Anthony Perosh and Scott Junk, before losing to Shane Carwin at UFC 84 in May.

According to the report other fighters who refuse the sign the agreement may also be released.

Additionally, Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that lightweight Marcus Aurelio (16-6) has also been let go by the UFC, though his release is believed to be the result of his subpar performance. Aurelio is 2-3 in the octagon, most recently dropping back-to-back fights to Tyson Griffin and Hermes Franca.

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