Report: Aaron Simpson to make welterweight debut against Jon Fitch

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After getting pushed around by Ronny Markes at UFC on FUEL TV earlier this year, middleweight elder statesman Aaron Simpson (11-3) is finally taking the "A-Train" down the 170-pound tracks, with his first scheduled stop planned for Fitchville, USA.

That's according to the gang at MMA Weekly, who also indicate the pending match-up could be slotted for the UFC 149 fight card at the ScotiaBank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 21, 2012.

Simpson has spent his entire career as a 185-pounder, rattling off eight straight wins before consecutive losses to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz in 2010 sent him tumbling down the divisional ladder.

A fresh start at a lighter weight could prove to be the turning point in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career -- for better or for worse.

Former welterweight number one contender, Jon Fitch (23-4), is coming off a crushing knockout loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 last December. It was the second straight performance that failed to net him a win, as the former Purdue University wrestler went to a draw opposite B.J. Penn at UFC 127 last year in Australia.

It was, however, just his second loss inside the Octagon, the first coming at the hands of reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre way back in August of 2008.

Would a win over Simpson put him back "in the mix?"

Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming match-up as they become available.

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