Fitch has been forced out of his
UFC on Fuel TV 4 bout with Aaron
Simpson due to a knee injury suffered in training.
reported the American Kickboxing Academy fighter’s withdrawal from
the July 11 card, and multiple outlets have since confirmed the
news. A replacement opponent for Simpson has yet to be named.
UFC on Fuel TV 4 takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Calif., and is expected to be headlined by a middleweight tilt
between Mark Munoz
Long considered to be one of the top welterweights in the world,
Fitch suffered a shocking 12-second knockout loss to Johny
Hendricks at UFC 141 in December, his first defeat since
falling to Georges St.
Pierre in a 170-pound title bout in 2008. The 34-year-old
Indiana native owns notable victories against Thiago
Alves, Mike Pierce,
Thiago and Diego
Sanchez during his 16-fight UFC tenure.
After nine Octagon appearances at 185 pounds, Simpson will be
making his welterweight debut on July 11. The Power MMA
representative had a three-fight winning streak snapped in his last
outing, as he fell to Ronny
Markes via split decision in February. “A-Train” had defeated
Tavares and Eric
Schafer in his previous three bouts.