As we reported almost a month ago Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks is in the works for Jon’s return to action.
We did however, get the venue wrong. In our initial report, we speculated that Fitch would return to his hometown of San Jose for UFC 139 but sources are now indicating that the Fitch vs. Hendricks bout will take place at UFC 141 in Las Vegas.
UFC 141 is set to take place on Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The end-of-year pay-per-view event will feature a five-round non-title fight between former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and newly signed heavyweight stand-out Alistair Overeem.
Fitch was forced to put his career on hold after a unanimous draw decision was handed down in his UFC 127 bout with BJ Penn. The long-time number two ranked welterweight fighter has been recovering and rehabbing from shoulder surgery suffered in training almost ever since. The AKA standout has been vocal about only wanting to face either GSP or BJ Penn in his return to UFC action, however, with both fighters booked, it would appear that he has agreed to settle on a bout versus Johny Hendricks.
Fitch currently holds one of the most impressive records in UFC history, with only one loss and one draw out of fifteen-UFC-fights he remains atop the welterweight ladder unless someone can knock him off.
Hendricks was last seen in action against Mike Pierce at UFC 133. He took it to Pierce in a back and forth battle and did enough to win on the judges’ cards via split decision. He is a two-time NCAA division 1 national champ, a four-time All American for OSU and a three-time “Big 12 Conference” champion in wrestling. His current streak in the UFC is just at two victories due to his first and only professional loss at the hands of Rick Story back in December of 2010.