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Fitch/Gono Slated for UFC 94, Aurelio Cut + More UFC Quick Hits

(When Jon Fitch says he’s going to wear your ass like a hat, it’s not a threat — it’s a guarantee.)

According to a report on MMA Mania, Jon Fitch will begin his road back to title contention with a fight against Akihiro Gono at UFC 94 (January 31st, Las Vegas). Fitch, who most recently dropped a unanimous decision to welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87 in August, was previously scheduled to face Gono in March, but a hand injury forced “The Japanese Sensation” to drop out of the match; Gono went on to lose a decision to Dan Hardy at last month’s UFC 89. The UFC’s Super Bowl weekend card will be headlined by Fitch’s old nemesis GSP facing BJ Penn, as well as Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva.

In other UFC news…

— Apparently back-to-back losses were enough to get Tyson Griffin (at UFC 86) and Hermes Franca (at UFC 90). Though Aurelio has had an impressive career and holds victories over Takanori Gomi, Masakazu Imanari, and Rich Clementi, he leaves the Octagon with a 2-3 UFC record.

— Spike TV sent out a press release today confirming that Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will have their rematch at the TUF 8 finale (December 13th, Las Vegas). Johnson and Burns’s first match in July ended in controversy when Johnson succumbed to multiple eye-pokes due to Burns’s inability to make a closed-fist; a not-quite-on-the-ball Steve Mazzagatti awarded Burns a TKO victory. Both fighters have lobbied for a rematch since then. It has also been confirmed that a middleweight scrap between Wilson Gouveia and Jason MacDonald will also be on the card.

Tamdan McCrory and Jorge Gurgel may be medically suspended until May 15th — best thing for them, really — while Randy Couture has to sit out until January 15th and Brock Lesnar is on time-out until December 16th.

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knoname321- November 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm
I hate Dana White. Fitch and Koz could probably make more money per fight at Affliction than they did in the UFC, but who knows how long Affliction will be around.
ENGLAND RULES- November 19, 2008 at 11:23 am
I cant believe this shit, Fitch is number 2 and now he has been dropped over what???
F**king gaming rights!!!!!

DANA you are an evil spiteful c**t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cr_trinity- November 19, 2008 at 10:43 am
When is this website going to post an article over the latest debacle involving the UFC and the AKA? Are they trying to avoid any negative press concerning the UFC? I have noticed subtle changes in the ways articles are presented here over the past two months; if someone isn't receiving some form of a kickback for propagandising for Dana Fucking White, they're sure trying to work towards getting one...

And when will Zuffa finally admit that their UFC 91 PPV buy rate prediction was totally wrong?

And please, Silva and GSP: LEAVE THE UFC while champs and put an end to this Danocracy shit.
Your Mum- November 19, 2008 at 10:25 am
What the fuck did that guy say?
Systemofficier- November 19, 2008 at 7:49 am
forgive me I don't know all the hey hoe on mma I know alot of you ninjas do but is there any truth to shogun and wanderlei being steroid heads for shogun it looked that way against Forrest do any of you also think they ga e the title to Forrest because they thought chuck whould just own his ass any predictions on rashad and rampage I also think they want rampage out after the crazy Moro thing November 19, 2008 at 5:12 am
"rampage, wand, and hendo fought it the ufc before going to pride then coming back so get ur shit straight shawn"

Rampage never fought in the UFC before he fought in PRIDE...

Sucks to hear UFC cut Aurelio & Fitch, but I'm glad they cut Wellisch. They have enough "_____ Assassin"s
EJ- November 19, 2008 at 4:57 am
So what is his alternative then?.

Instead of Fitch making big bucks with the UFC for the remainder of his career, he becomes blackballed from the company while fighting for B league mma orgs. He cuts his own throat because he's too stupid to realise that he is not a marketable fighter and without the ufc if he disapeared from the world few people would care. That might sound harsh but in this economy where everyone is suffering even the UFC, to make such an idiotic move that is gonna damage his entire mma career is beyond me.
Derekrva- November 19, 2008 at 4:36 am
Yeah Yahoo! reported that UFC will no longer do business with American Kickboxing Academy fighters.

To hear Fitch tell it, it sounds like Dana White is a real life Montgomery Burns, trying to lock people up for life.

Dana goes on to talk about how bad the economy is, how they are about to find out about the world and since Affliction is trying to get something together why not give them a run and see if they are any different.

Gotta side with Fitch from what I've heard. Sign away your rights for a lifetime with no compensation for your family if something bad happens. Gotta say the nay no my damey. Sounds like Dana is trying to take advantage of the economy himself and force fighters into one sided contracts.

The real scary thing is, that this might mean people like Forrest Griffin, Chuck, and Rampage have already given Dana their souls.
Jugger- November 19, 2008 at 4:31 am

I was making a humorous observation. Not expressing displeasure that Dana doesn't coddle and protect former Pride fighters. Don't get me wrong, I loved Pride, but I always thought it was funny that people would buy into Prides epic, hero-esque portrayal of guys like Gomi, Sakurai, CroCop, Wandy, Shogun, Soku, etc. They had this idea that even scrub fighters from Pride could float over to the "redneck" UFC and start taking names.

I think Dana took some sneaky satisfaction when Shogun, Soku, Pulver, CroCop, Jason Black, Nakamura, Chonan, Aurelio, Wandy, Herring, and Henderson, (and perhaps there are others I can't remember) ALL LOST THEIR UFC DEBUTS AFTER PRIDE FOLDED (Well, second fight for Mirko, he did beat Sanchez).

Just a humorous observation.
UFC fan- November 19, 2008 at 4:03 am
I just read that fitch was cut cause he wouldn't sign over his likeness for game rights for LIFE??? so UFC cut him, and plan to cut anyone who wont?
That's the dumbest shit I have ever heard.
Why would any remotely big named fighter give up his "likeness" forever? that's a dumb thing to ask of someone, of course they will say question is what fucking business is it of UFC to even demand that shit.
Of all the dumbass moves, this has got to be the worse.
You are top of the world putting the HURT on any other organization, and you fuck YOURSELF over but releasing your top fighters? FUCK a duck! I can dig letting the scrubs go, but JOHN FITCH? Not smart.
Anonymous- November 19, 2008 at 3:39 am
Fitch is cut from the UFC.
Anonymous- November 19, 2008 at 3:34 am
Brock Lesnar?! if u ask me he was set up to win from the jump, all the money ufc had on him.. With his 1st fight was a setup for him bring sumone that hasn't fought in mos, but they forgot that Frank has awesome bbj skills. 2nd fight made sure put him on sumone that has no ground skills Heath, they coundn't let that happen again.. He gets takedowns and lays on the man he hit him ehh yea but mostly layin and prayin for the UD, made that fight very upsetting for me.. Dont see how he was top cont ready for championship belt.. no waaayy
Barvin Meastman- November 19, 2008 at 2:27 am
Shawn, you type a shit load.
Shawn- November 19, 2008 at 1:58 am
Aright, mom joke, I'll take it.

And to the guy that said "rampage, wand, and hendo fought it the ufc before going to pride then coming back so get ur shit straight shawn":

(1) Rampage never fought in the UFC before his current run, so that's wrong.
(2) Wand and Hendo fought back in the "dark ages" or whatever you want to call it - meaning they had little exposure to a big majority of the UFC's current fan base before their current runs. Point is, they were labeled as PRIDE fighters for the bigger part of their careers and people need to stop bitching about some imaginary unfair treatment given to former PRIDE mainstays. Look at guys like Clay Guida or - gasp - Brock Lesnar who never fought in PRIDE but come to the UFC and, for different reasons, receive tough opponents right off the bat. It should be looked at as an opportunity, not as some punishment. If you don't want to fight top fighters you shouldn't be in the UFC.
Anonymous- November 19, 2008 at 1:38 am
Sumtimes i hate the ufc... they wanna own everything, even fighters likeness "ur cut cuz u wont let us pimp u"
UFCinCALGARY- November 19, 2008 at 12:42 am
Shawn... somebody asked about PPV buys, not how many times your mom has been DP'd..... I think that they would release the numbers in a statement. Not just Dana calling you personally, so you can advise us all.....
Faderade- November 19, 2008 at 12:33 am
Fitch is gonneeeeeeeee... haha didnt wanna give up his name for life for the ufc video games.. LOL
Anonymous- November 19, 2008 at 12:23 am
Did Fitch get cut from the UFC?
Anonymous- November 19, 2008 at 12:11 am
Yea i just seen that again the other day I watched the fight originally but couldnt believe when i seen Wanderlai's first fight he was the one that Vitor Belfort rushed and KTFO in like ten seconds dont know why im posting it just thinking of it thought it was funny and then hey look at that Wanderlai just did almost the exact same thing to The Dean of Mean!(spikes showing it now) ha! ironic! OH yes VERY WICKED THEY JUST ANOUNCED MACHIDA vs ORTIZ NEXTT!!! YEEESSS!! i better not go to the bathroom or blimk i moght moss the entire fight i'll be glued to the tube for that one dont wanna miss a sec of that!! i bet thats gonna be action packed non stop toe to toe!! CANT WAIT!!!
Fitch's Beard (still awesome)- November 19, 2008 at 12:09 am
Sorry! I said I was SORRY!
Jon Fitch's Awesome Beard!- November 19, 2008 at 12:00 am
I'm really pulling for Fitch to make a comeback. Seems like any fight he's in for a while will seem easy after the GSP battle he survived. I would start crying if GSP even looked at me.
Jon Fitch's Aweseom Beard- November 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm
Go Fitch! I'm really pulling for this guy to make a comeback. Seems like any fight he's in will seem easy after the GSP battle. I would start crying if GSP even looked at me.
Anonymous- November 18, 2008 at 11:19 pm
rampage, wand, and hendo fought it the ufc before going to pride then coming back so get ur shit straight shawn
Shawn- November 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm
Yeah, UFC 91 did 5.6 million PPV buys.
Shawn- November 18, 2008 at 10:45 pm

The guy came in the UFC fresh off the buzz that he was the guy who beat Takanori Gomi - then regarded in the lightweight division. What, you think he's going to feed him cans? He came in and they gave him Clay Guida, who used him as a stepping stone. Then the UFC actually gave him two CANS in a row! They said, "Aww, sorry Marcus that Clay beat you up so here's some guys you should win against." Then they gave him OPPORTUNITIES to become a title contender against Tyson Griffin and Hermes Franca and he failed on it. What, they should keep him around? Next your going to say that they gave Cro Cop the PRIDE fighter two-step by putting him against quality competition when he came into the company fresh off winning the FUCKING OWGP.

What about Rampage, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei, and Hendo? Those guys have come in and made themselves stars in the UFC. Marcus couldn't step up. Stop hugging PRIDE's nuts. Company isn't coming back.