Aaron Simpson To Make Welterweight Debut Against Jon Fitch

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Aaron Simpson decided that he wanted to be a big welterweight instead of a smaller middleweight, and will make the drop to 170 pounds. He'll be in tough in his debut fight though, drawing one of the top welterweights in the world. MMA Weekly has the news:

Aaron Simpson’s first trip to welterweight will be a tough test for the former NCAA All-American, as he faces former title contender Jon Fitch.

Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout to MMA Weekly on Wednesday with bout agreements issued for the contest, but no date has been named yet for the event the welterweight showdown will take place at.

Rumors have placed the Fitch vs. Simpson bout’s likely landing pad at UFC 149 in Calgary, but again nothing is set in stone at this time.

Simpson had won three in a row and had a 6-2 overall record in the UFC when he met Ronny Markes, a gigantic middleweight, at UFC on Fuel 1 in February. Despite hurting Markes early, the 37-year-old wrestler was controlled by the bigger man and ended up losing a split decision. He'll now drop down to face off with Fitch, who will try to erase the nightmare of his last outing, a 12-second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks.

While most people will scoff at this and make jokes about how boring it's going to be, I'm actually looking forward to it.

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