by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Less than 24 hours after the news that welterweight stand-out Jon Fitch had been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the situation has been resolved and Fitch is back with the UFC.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by members of Zinkin Entertainment, Fitch’s management team, who said that the deal was brokered between their executives, Jon Fitch, and UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta on Thursday.
Zinkin executive and American Kickboxing Academy trainer Bob Cook spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday after Fitch was officially invited back to the UFC.
“Jon and I spoke with Lorenzo Fertitta and we managed to put everything back together,” Cook told MMAWeekly.com.
Cook also says that everybody from the American Kickboxing Academy, including Fitch, Cain Velasquez, and Josh Koscheck would be signing on to the video game contract that seemingly brought about part of this departure from the UFC.
“Yes, the guys will be part of the video game program and the conversation with Lorenzo, they’re comfortable with the situation and everybody’s moving forward,” stated Cook.
The day started with a conversation between Fitch and UFC president Dana White according to Cook, and eventually UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta stepped into the negotiation as well and things were soon settled.
“I just think that Jon’s and Lorenzo’s personalities mesh a little better,” Cook said of the negotiations.
Fitch first spoke to MMARated.com about his return to the UFC on Thursday afternoon saying, “Communication kind of broke down with Dana (White) so we talked with Lorenzo. (I) just got off the phone with him and we came to an agreement. We’re going to move ahead and I’ll be back in the UFC.”
On Wednesday, Dana White made several inflammatory statements about the American Kickboxing Academy, its fighters, the management and the team at Zinkin Entertainment. Cook says now with the situation resolved, he hopes to speak to White and get back to work.
“I’ve got a call out to Dana (White) right now. He’s doing some interviews right now, but hopefully he’ll give me a call back and we’ll patch things up.”