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Fitch Says Almeida Is Injured, Hints At Big Mystery Opponent

Unless Jon Fitch is just screwing with us by purposely spreading false information, it seems like he will not be fighting Ricardo Almeida at UFC 106 on November 21.  Fitch announced via Twitter that Almeida had injured his knee and been forced to pull out of the bout, so Fitch will get “a bigger, better fight instead.”  If you’re wondering how the UFC got a big star to agree to face Fitch on a month’s notice, don’t.  Fitch says the bout has been moved to a later date, which flings the door open wide to allow almost any UFC welterweight to walk in.  So before we speculate wildly we must ask ourselves: who would Fitch’s fans have wanted to see him fight for a long time? 

- Fitch and the other AKA welterweights have wanted a piece of Matt Hughes for a while now.  Hughes was never big on the idea, but since he lacks any better ideas the UFC might have prevailed upon him to step up and fight Fitch before the end of the year to justify that new contract and his continued place at the table. 

- It isn’t Georges St. Pierre.  I mean, it can’t be.  Fitch’s last win was a pretty underwhelming decision over a surprisingly tough Paulo Thiago.  In order for someone who’s already been a GSP victim once to get another shot, he’d have to make a more impressive case for himself than that. 

- Fitch already owns a victory over Thiago Alves, and while “The Pitbull’s” star has risen (then dipped) since then, it’s hardly the fight that anyone is salivating over.  It’s hard to imagine Fitch’s fans getting pumped for that one.

- Frank Trigg and Matt Serra would not be big fights for Fitch, so consider them ruled out.  Paul Daley just got a high-profile victory in his UFC debut, but something tells us that Fitch’s fans barely know who he is.  Dan Hardy is already booked against Mike Swick.  Anthony Johnson is fighting at UFC 104 this weekend.

Conclusion?  It’s gotta be Hughes.  Either that, or Phil Baroni is pulling out of his UFC 106 fight to teach this mamaluke some manners. 

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Jonny5- October 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Why is my comment flagged as potential spam?
parchy mcthirst- October 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm
paul daley will be his next opponent
NateGetsIrate- October 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm
@ Videodrome:

Seriously! I hope Coker gets tired of Diaz's unreliableness and lets him go so that the UFC can pick him up and make that fight a reality. I'd also love to see him fight Thiago Alves and find out how good his boxing is against a knock out artist like the Pitbull.
superflat- October 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm
It's not hard to make the case for Fitch as the top contender in the welterweight division, but yes, seems unlikely. I'd love to see him fight Johnson, though, but there's no way they're announcing that before UFC 104. Maybe Fitch Swick? I'd pay to see that.
ReDx- October 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

We have heard about him, he's fighting December 12th against Paulo Thiago. That's old news.
for the love of mma- October 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm
he taking on the undertaker from wwe!!!!!!! lol who the fuck knows who he is fighting!!
LargeMidget- October 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm
I would say Koscheck but they're training partners.

My best guess is Alves. We haven't heard SHIT about Thiago Alves since his loss to GSP, he's really due to have a fight booked.

Yeah it's not what the fans want to see, but then again the UFC hates Jon Fitch. If Fitch wins he just might be ready for another title shot, if he loses he'll still be fighting the same potential opponents he is now (the WW division is basically a grab bag, with 5 or 6 potential #1 contenders anyways). If Alves wins, it keeps him at the top of the 170 pack, and if he loses it's not that big a deal because Fitch is considered the #2 guy behind GSP. Alves could lose to Fitch and still be a top 10 welterweight (unless he got his head taken off, obviously). I'm pretty sure the mystery opponent is gonna be Alves.
Videodrome_NOW- October 22, 2009 at 11:45 am
@ NateGetsIrate
One could only pray it's Nick Diaz. That would be a badass fight.
johngaltspeaking- October 22, 2009 at 11:05 am
"Bigger & better" than Almeida doesn't have to be earth-shattering. How about Martin Kampmann?
NateGetsIrate- October 22, 2009 at 10:57 am
It's Nick Diaz.
Videodrome_NOW- October 22, 2009 at 10:47 am
let's have Fitch, Kos, and Swick fight eachother and the winner of that tourney, fights Anthony Johnson for #1 contender title shot. i know they are AKA boys and shit, but all three are sort of floating around the top of the division. it's time to see who, out of those three, is the top dog.
Mike Milbury- October 22, 2009 at 10:33 am
Like how he says "Bigger better fight" like Ricardo Almeida is somehow beneath him. Of course, Fitch is near the top of the rankings, but what a pompus dick. Oh wait, he's from AKA, so I guess it's a given.
Kevin Marshall- October 22, 2009 at 10:28 am
Hughes has passed the point of accepting fights he knows he can't win. He's even said as much about the AKA guys, hiding it under the pretense that these guys are somehow "beneath" him.

But reading between the lines, Hughes is kind of a jerk but he's not an idiot when it comes to this whole fighting thing. He knows his best days are behind him and he's not going to be champion again. At this point he's just all about doing the big name money fights (eg. Serra; Trigg) that, even though they won't improve his standing at 170, will certainly draw good enough numbers to give him a payday.
shitbag- October 22, 2009 at 10:27 am
Yea I'd love to see Fitch-Hughes. Fitch wins, possibly by stoppage, possibly by boring decision.
UFC fan- October 22, 2009 at 10:18 am
Mex- October 22, 2009 at 10:15 am
It's GSP you clowns.
Forrest44- October 22, 2009 at 9:51 am
I agree, it very well might be Matt Hughes. Hughes is definitely confident (read as cocky) enough to think he could beat Fitch easily (or John Malco-Fitch as I like to call him) which I don't think would happen...... I'd really like to see this fight.
K.E.G.- October 22, 2009 at 9:28 am
Fitch will kill Hughes if that is the case. I would love to see him fight Anthony Johnson but I guess that's not an option.
ZMMAJUNKY- October 22, 2009 at 9:27 am