The UFC’s summer fight cards continue to fill out. A welterweight bout between Jon Fitch and Aaron Simpson has been added to the July 11 UFC on Fuel TV 4 fight card, according to Simpson, who tweeted and talked about the fight at Tuesday’s question and answers session in Virginia.
Simpson (11-3) told MMAWeekly.com after a middleweight loss to Ronny Markes at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February that he felt it might be time for him to consider a drop to 170 pounds.
“I just don’t cut for this weight class. I look at a guy like Frankie Edgar, thinking I can do the same thing, but I’m dealing with a lot of size,” Simpson said then, adding, “Maybe it means a move down to 170, I don’t know. Right now it hurts to lose.”
He has made the move and he’ll draw no easy task in his UFC welterweight debut.
Fitch (23-4-1) hasn’t tasted defeat often in his career, but when he does, he typically bounces back with a vengeance. Following his last loss, to Georges St-Pierre, Fitch reeled off five consecutive victories before drawing with B.J. Penn.
He’s now coming off of a knockout loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 141, so he’ll be looking to Simpson as the first step to get back on track.
Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman heads the UFC on Fuel TV 4 fight card on July 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.