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Jon Fitch Cleared To Return, Could Fight At UFC 139

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Top-5 welterweight Jon Fitch has been cleared to return to training after recovering from a serious shoulder injury.

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA: Jon Fitch speaks to the media during a UFC 127 Press Conference at Star City in Sydney Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA: Jon Fitch speaks to the media during a UFC 127 Press Conference at Star City in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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The number-two ranked welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch (23-3-1), will finally be allowed back into the cage. After sitting out since February because of an injury, Fitch announced the news via an elated tweet Tuesday afternoon.

I'm back! Dr. Kavitne gave me the ok to fight.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

 

The 33-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product was last seen inside the Octagon at UFC 127, where he and B.J. Penn battled to a controversial majority draw after 15 minutes. Afterwards Penn admitted to reporters that he felt he had lost the fight. Regardless, a rematch was quickly scheduled for UFC 132.

At the time, the rematch was deemed a number one contender match to determine the next challenger to Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title. Unfortunately, Fitch was forced to pull out of the bout in late March after suffering a torn rotator cuff and labrum in training camp.

Since then the former NCAA Division I wrestler was forced to rehabilitate his injury from sidelines and watch as Penn was booked for a title eliminator match against Carlos Condit at UFC 137.

Now, after being officially cleared by a physician Tuesday, Fitch presumably jumps right back into the welterweight fold. According to MMAJunkie.com, the UFC veteran's next move could be a fight against Johny Hendricks (11-1) at UFC 139, though neither side has confirmed.