Report: Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch cut by the UFC

MMA Mania is reporting that UFC welterweight and former number one contender Jon Fitch has been cut by the UFC. According to the report, when Fitch turned in his signed bout agreement today to fight Akihiro Gono at UFC 94 he was asked to sign an agreement that would give the organization exclusive lifetime rights to Fitch’s likeness and his name in regards to video games.

The report states that Fitch and his camp did not sign the papers and when his management tried to negotiate something with the UFC it became an all or nothing deal. In the end Fitch didn’t sign the agreement and was cut from the company shortly thereafter.

Christian Wellisch was also presented with the same agreement, refused to sign it, and was also cut, according to the report.

Fitch most recently lost in a five round war to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87 in August and was set to take on Gono at UFC 94, a fight that was supposed to take place several months back. It now appears that not only is that fight off but that, for the time being, Fitch’s career inside the Octagon has come to an end.

30 COMMENTS
  • Matt says:

    This is bullshit. They didn’t cut Randy when he didn’t sign such an agreement when they were creating UFC Tapout 2. It sounds like these guys finally are realizing that they’re getting screwed by Zuffa when it comes to any further earnings potential.

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  • benkordus says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?!

    If Zuffa is this stupid they will lose all fighters with half a brain.

    jesus,! are you kidding me!!!??

    Good for Fitch and Wellisch!

    No one should ever sign such bullshit.

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  • Mike says:

    This is an embarassment. I don’t even know what else to say. Fitch is by far my favorite fighter and to see something like this happen to a world class athlete is a shame. It’s extremely disappointing to see a world class athlete get cut from a contract because of a video game. It’s unfortunate for Fitch that there isn’t another name company around right now aside from Affliction (for now). I feel bad for him and embarassed that I actually spend money on this company now after reading this.

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  • Patrick says:

    Unfreakingbelievable… how the hell do you cut Jon Fitch? He’s #2/3 welter in the damn world, has only lost to GSP… I can’t even come close to believing this, seriously, what the hell.

    Dumb move UFC, incredibly incredibly dumb.

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  • ZP580 says:

    Quit all ur cryin. It’s business. When ur not a huge star in an organization u better play ball or u will be replaced. There is tons of fighters out there that could be in Fitch’s place. He was nothin speciel. He got his ass handed to him by GSP. It wasnt even close. And com’on Matt u cant compare him to Randy Couture.

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  • paddiosf says:

    WTF, that’s Insane to hear..this cant be true, Fitch is one of the Top fighters in the world in his division and the UFC if it’s true is just basically playing God with these guys careers, it’s like they have no rights as fighters…The fighters need a Union.

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  • ACK! says:

    If true, there is no justification for this. It’s no secret that the UFC screws fighters, but this crap is ridiculous..

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  • hambone says:

    This is unacceptable. I want to hear solid confirmation of this from the UFC or Fitch/AKA/Bob Cook, because I just see this as bad business. You think any of the top guys other than Liddell would do this?

    Say down the road this guy wants to do pro wrestling in Japan or something….this would prevent him from any marketing or products that the unknown wrasslin company would do w/ him……or any other kind of similar situation with some other MMA org down the road.

    You dont sign over your likeness for 20k show / 20k win 3 times a year…..at least not w/ his skills.

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  • Matt says:

    ZP580: I am not comparing him to Randy Couture: that would be unreasonable. My point was that when Zuffa had just acquired the UFC and were trying to force their fighters into these same marketing deals (or, lack thereof), guys like Couture didn’t have their contracts severed for not wanting to sign over their likenesses. Granted, there weren’t many other national companies to sign with at the time, but UFC couldn’t throw their weight around and be the bully they are today, because Dana and the Fertittas needed to KEEP guys under contract.

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  • nate says:

    incredible he would be cut. wow. press release from Jon Fitch / UFC please? Details are needed.

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  • tHe HEAT says:

    bottom line, he was given the opportunity to sign or be cut, he chose not to sign, its a dog eat dog world, at thats the reality big corporations usually win. so no point crying and complaining over it, il admit hes a gifted fighter but perhaps nit gifted enough to sign the dotted line, no pun intended,

    just my 2 cents

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  • Cocksword hater says:

    What a joke! Disrespectful! I now think much less of the UFC! Thats fuckin weak sauce!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Austin says:

    This has to be fake.

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  • derreck says:

    Jon Fitch WHO? Really who cares he was going nowhere…

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  • zanelewis says:

    I am curious what Brock Lesner has agreed to. With his experience with other large organizations and superstardom he must have experience with agreements. I wonder what licencing agreements WWE has in place and how they compare to UFC. I have a hard time seeing Lesner signing anything that would be drastically worse than the WWE. I raise this because of the Dana’s comment about Cain Velesquez trying to change agreements with only two fights. I don’t see the UFC trying to bully an already established millionaire like Lesner and still expecting a working relationship. They want him more than Velesquez because he brings in more viewers and Lesner would know this and thus be in a stronger negotiating position than most fighters. Thoughts…

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  • Ian says:

    Pay attention Dana White/Zuffa/UFC apologist’s.

    This is why competition is a good thing.

    “Jon Fitch WHO? Really who cares he was going nowhere…”

    You are everything that’s wrong with MMA.

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  • Michael says:

    Wow. Jon Fitch is the number 2 or at the least number 3 WW in the world. He matters. It would be wise for the UFC to at least try to work things out to keep such a talented fighter. Not that the other fighters deserve this sort of treatment either. And just when you were starting to think that Dana wasn’t so bad….

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  • tHe HEAT says:

    Fitch was good but maybe if he was more exciting and didn’t always go to decision they wouldnt have dont such a thnig,i dont really understand the deal with thq but sumtimes it better to bite the bullet especially when the ufc sez sign this or ur out,its a no brainer swallow ur pride,u take the good with the bad

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  • matthew says:

    Not even bottom level fighters should sign likeness rights to the UFC. Who knows how their careers will unfold. And to imply Fitch doesn’t matter, Ian said it best. You are contributing to the problem. If you don’t see how, explanations aren’t deserved. Go boo another three round fight.

    My guess is the matter wasn’t even raised with Lesnar. That should be an indication of the type of management you are dealing with when it comes to the UFC. If all indications are correct, this is a sad time for the MMA fans.

    But if you don’t care, good luck to you.

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  • Angry-tom says:

    wtf! Fitch was unreal

    its time that all the fighters got together and started a fighter union, every other sport has it, so does this one.

    Dana White’s dictatorship era is slowly gunna come to an end

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  • steo says:

    if this is such a bad contract how come not one single other camp has a problem, sure even mike swick doesnt agree wit his aka team mates!!!!!!!!!!

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  • king mah mah says:

    Having exclusive rights to use Fitch’s name in a goddamn video game has nothing to do with his fight contract. What a disgrace. I hope they cut some more high caliber guys and they end up at affliction. That card in January is looking pretty good to me. Maybe I’ll give them my money in January instead of the UFC. Really bad move on the UFC’s part. They could have offered a better deal instead of making an example out of these guys and scareing everyone else into signing. I thought they were all about having the greatest fighters in the world, not having lifetime exclusive rights to someones name?

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  • king mah mah says:

    P.S. to all of you saying Fitch was not that great. Then why the hell did they “need” exclusive rights to his name so bad!!? HMMMM.

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  • king mah mah says:

    Hey HEAT,

    Your typing looks really tough dude.

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  • matthew says:

    king mah mah – agreed.
    And to go further, if he is not valued, why is he even in the game?
    Of course he is valued. There are other questions that need to be answered.

    Heat – Knock out someone’s teeth? Intelligent discussion and the forming of factual based opinions is what the majority of fans here would like to see/do. Save your antics for intimidating grade schoolers. You’ve impressed noone. Except yourself it would appear.

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  • dpk says:

    I am one of the guys who almost always gives Zuffa the benefit of the doubt, because they have been so successful over the years, but this is stupid, Fitch is at worst one of the top 3-4 WW’s in the world, I just can’t believe this.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Disgusting! All that I can say about this.

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  • HexRei says:

    ZP580 and derreck:

    You two must be sort of half-assed fans because Fitch is a top 5 welterweight pretty much everywhere, and probably top 3 in the UFC with only Alvez ranking higher because he simply hasn’t had the opportunity to let GSP whoop him yet.

    IF being top5 in the world and top 3 in your org doesn’t make you special… well, it does, you just don’t know much about MMA.

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  • Rich S. says:

    “He got his ass handed to him by GSP. It wasnt even close.”

    Have anything to say about any of his other fights?

    i didn’t think so…

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  • Bullylover says:

    hey Rich who hasn’t got their ass handed by gsp? Penn’s next but any way Fitch destroyed all his other competition soundly? No other figher cept penn have given gsp trouble(except for serra’s miracle). The UFC is making a big mistake letting go of John Fitch and not doing business with AKA. It’s bad enough that they let werdum go.They’re going to lose many other quality fighters down the road due to their dictatorship antics.

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