If everything goes according to plan it appears as though highly respected 170-pounder Jon Fitch will be making his case for a second title-shot less than an hour’s drive from his home-base at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.
The former Purdue Boilermaker wrestling captain recently took to his Twitter to hint at the news while also polling fans on whether or not they want to see him avoid a pair of clippers before his next appearance in the Octagon (4-1 in favor of an “epic” mane thus far according to Fitch).
“I’m fighting, fighting… back, back… in Cali, Cali… Do you all think I should shave my head or keep growing my hair out for my fight in Aug.?”
UFC 117 will be taking place on August 7th in Oakland, California and is currently headlined by Anderson Silva defending his middleweight championship against outspoken contender Chael Sonnen.
Though no official opponent has been named for Fitch, it is expected a rematch with Thiago Alves will finally take place assuming the American Top Team striker is medically cleared to compete.
Alves was forced to withdraw from a previously scheduled bout with Fitch at UFC 111 due to a brain irregularity detected during pre-fight testing, as well as one at UFC 107 due to a knee injury sustained during training.
The two top welterweights initially squared off in June 2006 at Ultimate Fight Night 5 resulting in a second-round TKO win for Fitch.