Former UFC welterweight title contender Jon Fitch was released by the organization after his UFC 156 loss to Demian Maia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 2. Immediately following his release, fans of the sport were left wondering where Fitch would land.
Right off the bat, Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney said his organization would not be signing Fitch, but it appears that the top ten welterweight has a contract in hand for his new home.
World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo has said signing Fitch is a “done deal.”
“People need to understand that winning and losing is part of what we do. They like to say you’re only as good as your last fight, but I don’t believe in that,” Sefo said. “I’ve seen fighters, it’s even happened to me, where I would lose a fight, then come back to win four or five in a row. Winning and losing is all part of the game. You can’t just judge a guy and say that he’s washed up based on a loss here and there. I don’t think of them as castoffs.
“Fitch is still one of the Top 10 guys in the world. We’re really happy to have him, and we intend to keep building our roster with quality fighters.”
For those unfamiliar with WSOF, they have a network deal with NBC Sports to broadcast events throughout the year. The problem for Fitch is that World Series of Fighting has a limited roster, so he won’t be getting as big of fights like he would have if he signed with Bellator.
Let’s hope Fitch can get a win or two under his belt and return to one of the sports top promotions.