by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Jon Fitch has completed the task set in front of him by the UFC to go out and beat Thiago Alves to earn another shot at the welterweight title. The obvious question now is raised about a potential showdown with his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck.
Koscheck will battle UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in December. Fitch will likely face the winner sometime in 2011.
In the past, Fitch was steadfast in saying that he would never fight his teammate, but when the question came up following his win on Saturday night, he said he has his mind on other things right now and he’ll worry about that later.
“For me in the future right now, the only thing I’m worried about is my wedding coming up in a few weeks,” he said following his win. “That’s the only thing I’m focused on at this moment, and until that’s over with I’m not thinking about anything.”
Confronted with the same subject later, Fitch again deferred to his wedding, which takes place in early September, and said that’s all his mind is thinking about right now. UFC president Dana White noted a different part of Fitch’s comments when pressed about potentially fighting his teammate.
“What you’re not hearing is no. He’s not saying no I will not fight Josh Koscheck,” White noted. “I said it before and I’ll say it again, from what I understand of Jon Fitch, and what I know of Josh Koscheck, I believe both these guys both have the desire, the heart, and the spirit to take this fight.”
One thing that is for sure is after his wedding Fitch will head back to San Jose, Calif., to help Koscheck get ready for his championship showdown with St-Pierre.
“I’m planning on being in the gym and helping my teammates, all of my teammates, progress as much as I possibly can. Just like I always do,” said Fitch.
White announced prior to the fight that the winner of Fitch vs. Alves would get the next title shot, but after the show was over he waivered on that a little bit, and didn’t discount the upcoming fight between UFC newcomer Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann also playing a role in who fights for the title next.
“Timing is everything,” White stated. “We’ve got to figure out Koscheck and GSP are going to fight after their season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ (Fitch is) the winner tonight. Shields is going to fight Kampmann. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out.”
Fitch will prepare for his wedding before anything else happens, while Shields and Kampmann go to battle at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., in October, Koscheck and GSP fight in December, and when the dust all settles the UFC will then declare who is the true number one contender in the welterweight division.