by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
The No. 2 ranked welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch (21-3-1), rematches Thiago Alves (16-6) at UFC 111 on March 27 in hopes of getting another shot at the UFC 170-pound title with a win.
Current titleholder Georges St-Pierre (19-2) fights Dan Hardy (23-6) the same night. Fitch thinks others have done more to deserve an opportunity at the belt than the brash Brit.
“I think there are other fighters in the weight class that have done more work and fought tougher opponents,” the American Kickboxing Academy trained athlete told MMAWeekly.com.
Fitch isn’t the only one with those sentiments. Training partner and fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck has gone on record saying he doesn’t think Hardy deserves the fight with St-Pierre as well.
“No. He doesn’t deserve a title shot. It’s simple, but I don’t make those decisions. They’re just trying to get someone for St-Pierre to beat up,” Koscheck recently told Heavy.com.
Fitch’s criticism of Hardy getting a title shot isn’t an attack on Hardy as a fighter. Fitch, the essence of a blue-collar fighter scratching and clawing to get everything he’s got, simply believes in the tradition of earning his way.
“Taking nothing away from Dan Hardy. He’s a great, young prospect,” said the 31-year-old Fitch. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him, but there are guys that have put in more work than him. That’s my opinion. I don’t run the show.”