Jon Fitch. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your news and notes for the morning of March 14, 2009.
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch may be continuing his trek back up to the divisional ladder at UFC 100. He is reportedly in talks to face Brazilian upstart Paulo Thiago at the event. Thiago shocked many when he scored a first-round knockout of Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in February. Fitch rebounded from a failed title shot against Georges St. Pierre to defeat Akihiro Gono at UFC 94. [Tatame.com]
Rising light heavyweight sensation Jon Jones will reportedly take on former UFC heavyweight contender Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 as well. Jones has been impressive in his two UFC bouts thus far, winning unanimous decisions over Andre Gusmao and Stephan Bonnar. O’Brien won a decision over Christian Wellisch in his last fight. [The Garv]
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently revealed a rough outline of the schedule his promotion hopes to maintain in 2009. Sandwiched in between Strikeforce’s already announced April and May events, the organization in conjunction with Showtime will put on its inaugural “First Strike” event, which will be similar to the ShoXC events held over the last couple of years by ProElite. The first of those events would take place on May 8 and then again in June, September, October, and November. Regular Strikeforce cards will also be held in August, October, and December. [MMA Weekly]
A welterweight bout between England native John Hathaway and UFC newcomer Rick Story has reportedly been added to UFC 99, which will take place on June 13 in Cologne, Germany. The fight will likely take place on the event’s non-televised undercard. Both fighters are said to have agreed to the fight and the paperwork that would make it official is expected to be finalized shortly. [Five Ounces of Pain]
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