Jon Fitch will not be available to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 78 according to MMAmania.com. According to Fitch he won’t even be in the US:
“I’m not even going to be in the country. I’ll be in Vietnam tending to some personal matters.”
According to previous reports, if Fitch were unable to go, the fight would fall to Thiago Alves, who just came off of a victory over Chris Lytle at UFC 78.
It is uncertain whether Matt Hughes would take such a fight; but it appears unlikely that he would. Hughes wouldn’t have much to gain from a showdown with Alves and a potential title shot to lose.