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Old 04-13-2012, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fitch vs. Simpson in July.

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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.
http://www.mmaweekly.com/jon-fitch-w...eight-division

Fitch subs him after he gasses.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll be interested to see how Fitch reacts after getting KOd. His stand up is better than Simpsons and imo he wins a boxing match, plus turning this into a wrestling macth with a bigger guy with a great amateur background is risky, however he might get flashbacks to the Hendricks fight and wrestle for the full 15mins. Not and easy fight for either guy imo.
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Taking Fitch here.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow. Tough first fight for Simpson. Hope the cut goes well because if not Fitch is going to destroy him.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Should be an easy GRINDER for Fitch... But Simpson has been working on his striking and has alot of power at 170lbs I'm guessing....
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Man I hope Fitch got fired up after the Hendricks fight and come into this looking for blood. Never been a huge fan of his style but respect him nonetheless. Hope he gets a big finish.
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Simpson got a bad name to try out 170 on.
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This needs to be Fitch at MW not Simpson at WW.
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This needs to be Fitch at MW not Simpson at WW.
Fitch walks around at 176 now that he's a vegan.
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