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Jon Fitch cleared for competition, could return at UFC 139

Former UFC welterweight title contender Jon Fitch has two words for fans and opponents, “I’m back!” Sidelined with a shoulder injury for the past few months, Fitch Tweeted earlier today that, “Dr. Kavitne gave me the ok to fight.”

Originally scheduled to rematch BJ Penn at UFC 132 following their draw at UFC 127, both Fitch and Penn pulled out of the fight with injuries. While Fitch continued to heal up, Penn took a UFC 137 bout in late October with top welterweight Carlos Condit.

The Penn vs. Condit bout leaves Fitch without a fight for the time being. With only one UFC loss in 15 appearances and unbeaten since August 2008, Fitch doesn’t plan to wait around. The Purdue Boilermaker is preparing to get back in the gym right away and train like he’s fighting in October in order to fill in should Joe Silva call.

Rumors indicate that Fitch could be headed to a showdown with Johny Hendricks at UFC 139, though neither side would comment on the possible match-up.