MMA Mania has confirmed that top UFC welterweight Jon Fitch has signed a bout agreement to fight Akihiro Gono at UFC 82 and that he’s signed a contract extension with the UFC:
Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2) has signed the bout agreement to fight Akihiro Gono (27-12-7) at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” on March 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) just learned.
In addition, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has re-signed with the organization for another three bouts.
Considering where Fitch is at in the division right now, this is a tough fight for him. Karo Parisyan is talking about fighting someone who he can get an easy victory over to prepare for his title shot while Fitch is taking on quality, experienced competition from overseas. Some guys only want to fight the best guys. Others want to get by and do the bare minimum to get to the top. Karo and Fitch are on separate wavelengths when it comes to this matter.
It’s also good to hear that he’s signed on for another three fights in the UFC. Fitch is a very promising young talent and the UFC should do everything in their power to keep him right where he’s at.