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UFC 94: Jon Fitch vs Akihiro Gono (Exclusive)

Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (17-3) and Akihiro Gono (29-13-7) have been offered bout agreements to face off once and for all at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs Penn 2" on January 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, ( has learned.

This fight was originally scheduled for UFC 82 "Pride of a Champion" back in March at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, until a hand injury suffered by Gono forced Chris Wilson to step in and take his place.

Fitch would go on to defeat Wilson, his eighth straight victory in the UFC, before losing a violent five round decision to welterweight deity Georges "Rush" St. Pierre in their championship match from UFC 87 "Seek and Destroy" on August 9.

Fitch will be facing a very experienced competitor in Gono. A longtime veteran of Japanese MMA including PRIDE, Pancrase and Shooto brings both a well-rounded style and a colorful personality.

Gono is an even 1-1 so far in his UFC career. After submitting Tamdan McCrory via armbar at UFC 78 he came up on the losing end of a split-decision against the venerable Dan Hardy at UFC 89.

UFC 94 is the blockbuster Super Bowl weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event for the promotion, which features the welterweight superfight between former 170-pound champion and current lightweight kingpin BJ Penn versus reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

Unbeaten light heavyweight contenders Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva are also booked to finally hook 'em up to determine the top division contender to start the 2009 fight season.

To check out the latest UFC 94 fight card and rumors click here.

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