Former UFC top middleweight contender Jon Fitch recently took to his Twitter to give a status on his recent shoulder surgery, which prevented him from facing BJ Penn next month at UFC 132. According to Fitch, he will be cleared to train on September 1st and fight at UFC 138 in November.
“Great news. I will be cleared to start training camp September 1st,” Fitch wrote. “I’ll be more than ready for UFC in San Jose.”
Fitch has made it clear since being put on the shelf that there are only two opponents that interest him upon his return.
“I want BJ [Penn] or GSP,” he recently told MMAWeekly.com. “Those are the only two guys I care [to fight] or have any interest in right now. If I (have to) sit out a year and wait for them, I’ll do it. That’s what I’m waiting to fight for.”
Since losing to UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre via unanimous decision in a contest over the French-Canadian’s strap in 2008, Fitch has gone 5-0-1, with the draw coming against former UFC dual-division champ BJ Penn in his most recent outing. With St-Pierre facing Nick Diaz in October, a bout with Penn seems most likely, although Jake Shields’ name has been thrown around as a potential opponent for Fitch.
UFC 138 is expected to take place on November 19th, 2011 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. It will be the organization’s first foray into San Jose, which has been the home of recent acquisition, Strikeforce. A UFC heavyweight title clash between champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos is scheduled to headline the card.