A previously reported welterweight matchup between Jon Fitch and Akihiro Gono signed to take place at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas is still on tap, according to a report by MMAjunkie.com’s John Morgan.
Morgan was present while Fitch made the revelation as a panel member during this week’s taping of “Inside MMA” on HDNet.
The Fitch vs. Gono fight had come into question following Fitch’s release last month that results in his subsequent re-signing just 24 hours later. However, it’s been reported that amid the chaos, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva began to inquire about replacement opponents for Gono.
The fight vs. Gono will mark Fitch’s first bout since a unanimous decision UFC welterweight title loss against defending champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87 this past August.
In addition to Gono vs. Fitch, UFC 94 will be headlined by St. Pierre defending his title against current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Additional matchups include the return of Stephan Bonnar vs. light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva, Christian Wellisch vs. Jake O’Brien, Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares, and Dan Cramer vs. Matt Arroyo.
A rumored welterweight matchup between Karo Parisyan and Dong Hyun Kim could be added to the card as well.