Simpson’s rumored drop to welterweight has become reality. The
former middleweight revealed yesterday that he will fight longtime
170-pound standout Jon Fitch at
UFC on Fuel TV 4.
Simpson confirmed the July 11 booking yesterday on his official
Twitter feed. “A-Train” also verified that his fight with Fitch
will be featured on the event’s main card, which will be headlined
by a middleweight confrontation between Mark Munoz
Weidman. UFC on Fuel TV 4 takes place at HP Pavilion in San
Simpson rebounded from back-to-back defeats in 2010 by posting
three straight wins in 2011, outpointing Mario
Tavares and Eric
Schafer. The World Extreme Cagefighting alumnus was turned away
in his most recent outing, however, as the 37-year-old dropped a
split decision to Ronny
Markes in February. Simpson ends his UFC middleweight stint
with an Octagon record of 6-3.
Fitch was knocked out by Johny
Hendricks in his last appearance at UFC 141, falling in just 12
seconds courtesy of a hard overhand left. Regarded by many as one
of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talents, Fitch has only lost to
Hendricks and longtime welterweight king Georges St.
Pierre since joining the Las Vegas-based promotion in 2005. The
American Kickboxing Academy standout holds notable career wins over
Sanchez, Mike Pierce
and Thiago Alves
(twice), among others.