Former top-ranked contender Fitch rejoins UFC a day after termination
Less than a day after welterweight
Fitch told SI.com that his return to the UFC, first reported by MMARated.com, started when co-owner
Fitch said White gave him an ultimatum: Either sign over his name and likeness in perpetuity for a UFC-licensed game produced by THQ, or accept his release.
When Fitch declined, he was out. The fighter and his management criticized the deal as too restrictive, and expressed their stance was a response to the "strong-arm" tactics used by White. Fitch also said he was being made an example of to "scare the rest of the fighters into signing."
After signing Thursday following discussions with Fertitta, Fitch said his hesitation "was never about the video game deal. It was how they presented it and how Dana talked to us. We were able to talk things out with Lorenzo."
The 30-year-old Fitch, a former wrestler for Purdue University, Ind., will fight under the same agreement he signed prior to his short-lived free agency, and is set to face Akihiro Gono at UFC 94.