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UFC cuts Jon Fitch, 15 others

Updated: February 20, 2013, 5:01 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch was among 16 fighters released Tuesday by UFC.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the promotion's decision to MMAFighting.com on Wednesday.

Fitch's release comes a little more than two weeks after his lopsided unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia on Feb. 2 at UFC 156 in Las Vegas.

That loss was the second for Fitch in his four most recent outings -- he was 1-2-1 during that span.

Fitch (24-5-1, one no-contest) is currently ...

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