Jon Fitch to Sign Multi-Fight Deal with World Series of Fighting
Jon Fitch has been taken off the free agent market.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, senior executive vice president for World Series of Fighting, confirmed yesterday to MMAfighting.com the promotion is signing Fitch to a four-fight contract following his release from the UFC. The fighter verified the deal himself last night on his twitter page.
Contracts are finalized however and I will be signing a deal with World Series Of Fighting tomorrow. Time to get back to work.
— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) March 8, 2013
Abdel-Aziz indicated the promotion expects Fitch to make his debut at the third WSOF event. A first opponent has not been decided, but the winner of Aaron Simpson vs. Josh Burkman at WSOF 2 seems to be the most talked about option. However, UFC veteran Jorge Santiago has recently signed with WSOF and fellow octagon tested fighters Paul Bradley and Gerald Harris, Strikeforce veteran Lyle Beerbohm and Bellator veteran Steve Carl are some possibilities among the WSOF welterweight roster.
Fitch was released from the UFC in February after a decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156. The release marked one of the most publicized and controversial firings in UFC history, with an outcry of decent on the promotion’s decision and support for Fitch by many fighters, analysts and fans. His departure was also part of a mass release by the UFC that included 15 other fighters.
Until his knockout loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 141, the 35-year-old Fitch was widely considered the number two ranked welterweight in the world for several years. Sandwiched between the knockout by Hendricks and the stifling by Maia, Fitch won a “Fight of the Night” bonus awarded bout against Brazilian prospect Erick Silva. He is 24-5-1 with one no-contest in his career. The American Kickboxing Academy team captain had a win streak of 16 fights from 2003 to 2008, which was put to an end when he dropped a unanimous-decision in a title fight with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. He is tied with Royce Gracie for second most consecutive wins in UFC history with eight straight octagon victories. His eventual debut for WSOF will mark the first time he has competed outside of the UFC since defeating Jeff Joslin by split-decision at an event called Freedom Fight in 2005.
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