It appeared as though Jon Fitch, the No. 2 welterweight in the world, would simply not fight this Saturday night after Thiago Alves had to drop out of their bout. But now it looks as though the AKA product will step into the Octagon at UFC 111 after all. From MMAJunkie:
Hours after learning opponent Thiago Alves failed a CT scan and was scratched from the card, his opponent, Jon Fitch (21-3 MMA, 11-1 UFC), has agreed to replace Jake Ellenberger (22-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and fight fellow welterweight Ben Saunders (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) on the UFC 111 pay-per-view main card. … A source told MMAjunkie.com [that] Saunders specifically asked for the new bout when Fitch became available.
That’s right. Saunders heard that Fitch needed an opponent and he tracked down Joe Silva asking for the fight. “Killa B” asked for the right to step into a steel cage with one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on Earth. Not only is that taking advantage of an opportunity, but it’s badass on an epic level. Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, and Paul Bunyan would all be proud.
A win for Fitch has him knocking on the door of a return match with GSP, and pretty much guarantees him a title fight with Dan Hardy should Hardy “shock the world.” A win for Saunders would place him towards the top of the list of welterweight contenders. Dana White even told TMZ that he would give Saunders a title shot with a win, which might upset guys like Paul Daley, Josh Koscheck, and Paulo Thiago. Point is, a lot is on the line in this one, folks.
As for Jake Ellenberger, Saunders’ original opponent, it looks like he just won’t be fighting this weekend. The UFC will reportedly be handing him his show money and his win bonus anyway. For an organization that gets a lot of shit for generally being prick-ish in a variety of situations, they deserve respek for doing right by Ellenberger here. The money he’ll probably be losing from sponsors should be offset by the win bonus, which he likely wouldn’t have received courtesy of a Saunders knee to the dome.
Ellenberger also avoids losing precious memories of his childhood. Just ask Marcus Davis. After getting intimate with Saunders’ thai clinch, word has it that Davis can’t remember those times he “experimented sexually” in college.
Related: I’ll be at UFC 111 this weekend, so if any of you fuckers are going, let me know how goddamn amped you are in the comments. Also, my buddy Hugh started a new MMA blog that is written in a similar style to this one over at HammerFisted.com. Check it out.