Jon Fitch Welcomes Aaron Simpson to the UFC Welterweight Division


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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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