With Ricardo Almeida Out, Jon Fitch Will Get “Bigger Fight Instead”

Written by Tom Ngo
October 22nd, 2009

Late Wednesday night, welterweight Jon Fitch alerted the MMA world that his UFC 106 bout against Ricardo Almeida has been canceled after Almeida tore his knee during a recent training session. Although he was disappointed about the news, Fitch hinted there are bigger and better things to come.

“My fight on Nov. 21st is off, Almeida blew out his knee, but I get a bigger better fight instead. Cant say who yet, but lots of you have been waiting for this fight a long time,” Fitch Tweeted.

No official word on who Fitch is referring to, however if it’s a “bigger” fight, there’s almost no possibility that it would still happen in time to meet the November 21st deadline. It’s likely that his opponent could be former UFC welterweight stud Matt Hughes, however no word on whether the future Hall of Famer would be down to play the role of 170-pound gatekeeper.

Almeida is one of MMA’s biggest enigmas as he owns an impressive 11-3 mark, however has only managed to post a mundane 4-3 record inside the Octagon. Oh yeah, he’s also rolled off wins in nine of his last ten scraps, so he’s legit for those that don’t know.

If Fitch is moved to a later show, UFC brass have a few quality options to choose from in finding a preliminary bout worthy of being promoted to the pay-per-view portion of the broadcast.

The welterweight bouts between Marcus Davis and Ben Saunders or Phil Baroni and Amir Sadollah, or a middleweight match with Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, which are all currently on the UFC 106 preliminary card, are worthy of a shot to play with the varsity team.

UFC 106 will be jumping off inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here is the event’s most updated fight card:

Preliminary Bouts:

Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster
Jason Dent vs. George Sotiropoulos
Fabricio Camoes vs. Caol Uno
Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt
Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah

Main Bouts:

Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)

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