MMA Update: Jon Fitch Staying, Anderson Silva Maybe?

Nick ColonSenior Analyst INovember 22, 2008

With the week drawing to a close, there has been a lot of controversy in the UFC alone that has the MMA world pondering, hoping, and tweaking their nipples for good luck (a-la GSP style).

This week, fans had heard the crushing news that AKA's No. 3 Welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch, was being dropped from the UFC's roster after not agreeing to sign a lifetime contract, which included his name and likeness to be used in the upcoming UFC video game.

Then, according to, Anderson Silva's manager and translator, Ed Soares, went out and told mmajunkie that Silva may not necessarily be done fighting at age 35, if he's not financially where he wants to be, and if he still has the hunger to fight.

Then, switching back to the Fitch front, reports surfaced that Fitch has now indeed signed the contract for his likeness to be used in the THQ video game, and his UFC 94 fight with Akihiro Gono is back on.

So, with all this business taking place right after that huge UFC 91 event held last Saturday, MMA fans can breathe a short sigh of least for the moment.

Expect more news to come out within another week or so about Silva's next opponent, which is highly speculated to be Chuck Liddell, though the bout wouldn't necessarily make sense for Silva to take, and Liddell to win.

Also, don't be surprised to hear about a merger between the UFC and a network television station in the upcoming months, as it seems imminent.