UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch — who has toiled in relative obscurity in the UFC 170-pound division despite a perfect record (5-0) inside the Octagon — will finally get his time in the spotlight as the co-feature at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The rematch between lightweights Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout is the other half of the equation.
Fitch is slated to take on Brazilian Top Team product Roan Carneiro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It will be his first bout televised on Spike television and only his second fight to make the airwaves.
At UFC 64, Fitch took on Kuniyoshi Hironaka in the "swing" bout — it was the first time most casual UFC fans had the opportunity to see the former Purdue University wrestling captain in action.
It was also the last ... until now.
Fitch has defeated several top names in the division, including Josh Burkman and Thiago Alves. As Steve Seivert correctly points out in the article, Fitch is "a mixed martial artist who many fans don't know and few fighters want to face."
With a win or strong performance in front of a major nationwide audience, Fitch now has the opportunity to work toward changing that one featured fight at a time.
It's long overdue.
Head over to the Houston Chronicle for more background on Jon Fitch, who is also a UFCmania-sponsored fighter.