Jon Fitch Says Moving To 185 Would Be A Two Year Process

October 27, 2010
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UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch has talked recently about the possibility of moving up to 185 pounds if his teammate Josh Koscheck becomes the reigning UFC champion in the 170-pound division.

He clarified those statements when speaking with MMAWeekly Radio recently, when he admitted even if Koscheck wins the title it’s not an automatic move for him to middleweight, just something that could happen down the road.

While Fitch stands firm on his statement that he won’t face his teammate in the cage, he is happy to beat everybody else in the welterweight division if things go that route.

“It would be like a two year process for me to move up a weight class,” Fitch stated. “Because I have unfinished business at 170. The thing is I would move up if Josh would win the title and defend it. So he’d have to hold on to it for a while. You’re talking about almost a year right there, with a win and defense.”

If Koscheck is successful in his bid to defeat Georges St-Pierre in December, Fitch believes there are plenty of other fights out there for him at 170 pounds to keep him busy without having to challenge his close friend for the belt.

“In that time I could fight GSP non-title, I could fight Jake Shields, I could fight Martin Kampmann, I could fight Carlos Condit,” said Fitch. “All those guys could be fought already, and after that there’s not much left to do in front of me. Then that would be the optimum time I would be looking for other challenges if I want to move up a weight class.”

Fitch has been a worker since debuting in the UFC back in 2005, having defeated every fighter he’s face thus far with the exception of his title fight loss to current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Regardless of who he’s already beaten, the former University of Purdue wrestler knows there are plenty of other challengers already out there or will be making their way up the ranks soon enough.

It’s only when it’s left to just him and Koscheck that he’ll contemplate the weight class shift.

“If there’s no one else for me to compete with at 170 other than Koscheck, I’m going to move up,” Fitch declared.

He will continue to get his teammate ready for his fight with St-Pierre at UFC 124 in December, while he awaits news on his next chance to step in the Octagon.

  • Shane

    This whole “I won’t fight my teammate” thing is REALLY getting old. MMA is not a team sport.

  • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

    I agree with that in a lot of ways, but I also understand that it takes a strong team for a fighter to train for the highest levels of this sport, and see where it could be bad for team chemistry after guys fight.

    But overall, it depends on the fighters goals. If they want to be champion, this type of situation could come up where a title fight is with a teammate or even a contender’s fight, so you gotta make your choices and it appears Fitch has made his. Can’t really bag him for it, although I think it would be a good fight.

  • cms

    I’m not sure about the whole “strong team” thing though. What happens behind closed doors at AKA if/when Koscheck rocks Fitch in a sparring session and he goes down or Fitch submits Kos in a ju-jitsu session? Does one get mad at the other and it’s this big animosity thing like “man, he got me” or is it “nice one man, get you back next time”, you know?

    It’s hard to tell in any situation when you’re on the outside looking in, but to me it’s like you beat the hell outta each other each and every day to become better fighters any way; why not do it on the biggest stage with the biggest prize (and your apparent goal) in front of you and get paid to do it? And if you lose, you still made money to feed the family, you know you have to become a better fighter and you get to be happy for your friend where now you have an advantage to training with the champ every day. I think it’s the intangibles of it’s a friend, if he wins he’s the champ and I have to train with him, I got to try and win decisively, it’s a loss on my record, losses are hard to bounce back from, etc. It would say a lot about each other’s character if they took the fight then if they didn’t.

    • UFCjunky

      When is Kimbo going to fight again?

    • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

      Lots of good points. I tend to agree more with you, but I guess each fighter is gonna have to make his own decision on the matter. With as big as some camps are getting, I can see this becoming a more frequent problem.

  • Jmoney

    some fighters have to find something to hate about their opponent when they fight… when you practice you go 85%… never ever really try to hurt ur partner. so if you fight in the cage it will without a doubt have a negative effect on the friendship. it takes a strong person to stand by family an friends. so if they turn down a payday for their friendship…then quit askin them to fight an move on…their are plenty of offer fighters out there for them to face.

  • Whitey

    Fitch and Koscheck would be an interesting fight. But for Fitch he is best suited to 170 in my opinion. Here he dominates pretty much everyone. For him to move to 185 he would have to be able to finish his opponents more than 50% of the time.