July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Aaron Simpson (bottom) fights Kenny Robertson (top) during the welterweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Just two weeks after winning his Welterweight debut, Aaron Simpson is already setting his sights on his next opponent. After a solid 6-3 run at Middleweight, Simpson decided he would be more successful in a lower weight class. He took a step in the right direction at UFC On Fuel 4, where he outgrappled Kenny Robertson to secure a unanimous decision. With that first win out of the way, Simpson is now calling out his originally scheduled opponent Jon Fitch.
Simpson told Full Contact Fighter:
I would like to fight Fitch as soon as possible. September in Toronto would be perfect, but we are waiting to hear back from Fitch’s camp. We’ve asked for the fight. I’m looking forward to getting back into training ASAP with my team at Power MMA and Coach (Tom) Vaughn.
As part of the injury party that wreaked havoc on the UFC's schedule this summer, Jon Fitch was forced to pull out of his fight with Simpson just a month before the event. Formerly the long reigning number 2 of the Welterweight division, Fitch's rank has dropped after fighting B.J. Penn to a draw at UFC 127 and giving up a 12 second KO to Johny Hendricks at UFC 141.
After the jump, Simpson tells how he felt about his first cut to Welterweight
At 38 years old, Simpson's decision to cut 15 lbs off his normal fight weight was questioned by many. In response, Simpson said:
After watching the fight, I felt better about my performance. I was disappointed that I didn’t finish him, but in the long run, knowing that I got stronger as the fight went and did not fatigue will give me confidence in future fights at welterweight.