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Jon Fitch set for Bellator debut vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 199 *POLL*

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Jon Fitch set for Bellator debut vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 199 *POLL*

Postby moose84 » Mar 6. 2018, 18:40

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It didn’t take long for Jon Fitch to get his first Bellator fight booked after his signing with the organization was made official this week.

Fitch (30-7-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former PFL and WSOF champion, as well as former UFC welterweight title challenger, will meet Paul Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) in his promotional debut at Bellator 199 this spring.

Bellator 199 takes place May 12 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The welterweight bout co-headlines the main card, which airs on Paramount following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Fitch, 40, has won his past four fights. He defended his newly rebranded PFL title this past June with a second-round submission of Brian Foster. He won the vacant title in April 2016 under the promotion’s previous name, WSOF.

Outside the cage, Fitch is one of the primary plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the UFC that’s currently making its way through a federal court in Nevada. Fitch’s attorneys just filed a motion for class certification.

Fitch had a successful and often tumultuous career in the UFC, tearing through the ranks at welterweight to earn a title shot against former champ Georges St-Pierre in 2008. He battled with the promotion over a licensing rights agreement for a UFC video game. He was briefly released from his contract with his teammates before signing the agreement and returning to work.

Daley, 35, has been a constant presence on the Bellator roster since February 2015. He’s earned several wins with the organization, but none bigger than his second-round knockout of Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183 in September.

“Semtex” has been circling a matchup with unbeaten Michael Page for more than a year, but the bout hasn’t come to fruition. That was part of the genesis of Daley’s recent unrest, which caused him to publicly request a release from the company.

Bellator President Scott Coker said he believed the dispute with Daley would be resolved, and with the Bellator 199 booking, that appears to be the case.

The latest Bellator 199 card now includes:
Ryan Bader vs. Muhammed Lawal – heavyweight grand prix opening round
Paul Daley vs. Jon Fitch


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Re: Jon Fitch set for Bellator debut vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 199 *POLL*

Postby MajorBA » Mar 7. 2018, 11:11

This could be exciting, or a **** for Fitch.  It depends which Daley shows up.  Daley is inconsistent.  His biggest wins were in the minor leagues against fighters that have improved substantially and surpassed him in skill since then.  Daley has a fairly predictable game that doesn't appear to have been improved upon very much.
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Re: Jon Fitch set for Bellator debut vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 199 *POLL*

Postby hippielove » Mar 7. 2018, 16:22

interesting matchup  :fb
think I’ll pull for Daley
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