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Jon Fitch welcoming Aaron Simpson to the welterweight division in July

Two UFC welterweights who are looking to make a statement in the division appear headed to battle at UFC 149, as Jon Fitch and Aaron Simpson are rumored to be set as opponents.

Fitch (23-4-1) is looking to rebound from a knockout loss at the hands of Johny Hendricks last year. The defeat came on the heels of a Draw with former champion B.J. Penn, leaving Fitch on the outside of the division looking in for the first time in a long time.

Comaprably, Simpson (11-3) will be making his UFC debut at welterweight with the former Arizona State University standout dropping down from the middleweight division. Simpson has won three of his last four but was stopped by Ronny Markes in his last fight.

MMAWeekly was the first to report news of the bout taking place.

UFC 149 takes place July 21 from Calgary. Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title in the main event. A bout between Thiago Alves-Yoshihiro Akiyama is also expected to go down at the show.


  • fitfreak says:

    Poor old Fitch is back to facing non contenders. Someone has to do it.

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  • MCM says:

    I’d like to disagree with you since I still see Fitch as a top 5 WW, but I think this fight makes sense.
    I wanna say that their wrestling is gonna cancel each other out and this is gonna be a stand up war. If that’s true, I’d give the technical aspect to Fitch and the power to Simpson. And for the first time ever, I’m worried about an opponents power. I still think Fitch takes it, but I don’t see this as as big a beat down as I would have before the Hendricks KO.

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  • fitfreak says:

    I didn’t mean that Simpson is a huge underdog or didn’t belong in a match with Fitch. He just isn’t a top welterweight, but you have to start somewhere.

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