Jon Fitch cleared to begin training camp on Sept. 1, eyes UFC 138 fight in San Jose

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Jon Fitch of the USA looks across the octagon at BJ Penn of the USA before the start of their welterweight bout part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Former UFC welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch is back. Well, almost. According to a recent Tweet from the bearded Vegan he's medically cleared to begin training camp on Sept. 1, 2011.

And he's already got his sights set on UFC 138 in San Jose.

Since Fitch has flat-out refused to fight anyone not named Georges St. Pierre or BJ Penn, a rematch against "The Prodigy" seems likely for the promotion's unofficial debut at the HP Pavilion on Nov. 19 in "Silicon Valley."

That's because "Rush" is already booked to defend his welterweight strap against Strikeforce import Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.

More importantly, Fitch has some unfinished business with his Hawaiian nemesis.

The former Purdue University wrestler injured his shoulder while training for "Fitch vs. Penn 2" at UFC 132 on July 2 in a rematch of their UFC 127 clash that saw them battle to a draw "Down Under." That contest was designed to produce a number one contender for the 170-pound title until Fitch got hurt.

That's when the phone rang in the 209.

Diaz is next in line to try his hand at dethroning St. Pierre. If he should falter, expect Fitch or Penn to have first dibs, assuming they are indeed ready to rumble on Nov. 19.

Unless the Maniacs can think of someone more deserving?

Anyone?

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