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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Jon Fitch signs with WSOF

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch has signed a multifight contract with World Series of Fighting, promotion senior vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday night.

MMAFighting.com reported the signing earlier on Thursday.

The agreement between WSOF and Fitch is for four fights. Financial terms have not been made available.

An official date for Fitch's promotional debut has yet to be determined, but Abdel-Aziz said June 14 in Las Vegas is likely.

An opponent for Fitch has yet to be named, though he could meet the Aaron Simpson-Josh Burkman winner. Those two are scheduled to fight March 23 in Atlantic City, N.J.

When the 35-year-old Fitch does make his WSOF debut, it will represent his first appearance outside the Octagon since July 2005.

UFC released Fitch on Feb. 19, a little more than two weeks after he suffered a lopsided unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia. It was Fitch's second loss in his four most recent outings -- he'd gone 1-2-1 during that span.

Fitch (24-5-1, one no-contest) is currently ranked eighth among welterweights by ESPN.com.

A former top welterweight contender, Fitch came up short in his bid for the UFC title on Aug. 9, 2008. He lost by unanimous decision to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 in Minneapolis.