Jon Fitch Welcomes Aaron Simpson to the UFC Welterweight Division

April 13, 2012
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Aaron Simpson’s first trip to welterweight will be a tough test for the former NCAA All-American, as he faces former title contender Jon Fitch.

Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday with bout agreements issued for the contest, but no date has been named yet for the event the welterweight showdown will take place at.

Rumors have placed the Fitch vs. Simpson bout’s likely landing pad at UFC 149 in Calgary, but again nothing is set in stone at this time.

Jon Fitch makes his return to the Octagon after suffering only the second loss of his UFC career in a stunning knockout to former NCAA champion Johny Hendricks.

Prior to that time, Fitch had gone 5-0-1 with the draw coming in a fight at UFC 127 against B.J. Penn. Now the former No. 2 welterweight will try to get back on the horse again as he faces another top notch wrestler.

Aaron Simpson moves down to welterweight after spending his entire fighting career at 185 pounds.

A former NCAA All-American, Simpson was on a three fight win streak before running into former light heavyweight Ronny Markes at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in early February. Simpson came close to finishing the fight early, but as the fight wore on it was Markes’ size and power that overcame the former Arizona State competitor.

Following the loss, Simpson decided to drop down to 170 pounds to try his hand at being a big welterweight instead of an undersized middleweight.

Now he faces Jon Fitch as he looks to make a major impact in the welterweight division on day one.


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  • matty

    This has the potential to be the most boring fight of 2012. Lay and prey vs lay and pray. Yay UFC for this horrible match up.

    • TKD

      I almost fell asleep just reading about it!

      • pooby

        Lol.

      • fjc1113

        Double lol, Ben askren should be the guest referee just do he can see what he subjects us to when he fights

  • Mario

    I don’t know if I’d call Simpson a lay and pray fighter. The guy comes to knock people out. It shows in his fights.

    The last time Fitch finished a bout in any way was back when he submitted Roan Carneiro.

    That was in the year 2007

    Simpson via TKO

  • D-rail

    I hope Simpson KOs Fitch and then himself.

    • TKD

      Now that is some funny shit!

  • Anthony

    gonna get my CPAP machine all prepped and ready for this one.