Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2) has signed the bout agreement to fight Akihiro Gono (27-12-7) at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" on March 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) just learned.
We first passed along the possibility of the match up back in November 2007. Since that time it is believed that his representives were pushing hard for a showdown with Karo Parisyan.
It apparently didn't happen.
In addition, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has re-signed with the organization for another three bouts. He is undefeated (7-0) in the Octagon since his debut in 2005. Fitch has also not lost a professional fight since 2002 -- more than five years.