Jon Fitch’s UFC Bucket List: Belt, GSP, Anderson

November 26, 2011
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Jon Fitch at UFC 87

Jon Fitch at UFC 87

Jon Fitch won 16 consecutive fights before getting his first UFC title shot. He took Georges St-Pierre to limit, losing a decision to the welterweight kingpin after five hard-fought rounds.

He rebounded by winning five consecutive fights, including two Top 10 ranked fighters, but didn’t get a return invitation. Instead he fought BJ Penn to a draw at UFC 127, despite most feeling he was the No. 1 contender to GSP’s throne.

Ranked No. 2 in the world with a 23-3-1 record, only one the loss to St-Pierre coming during his six-year UFC tenure, most wonder why Fitch has yet to be granted a rematch.

“I really have no idea,” Fitch told MMAWeekly Radio’s Weekend crew recently. “No one’s every come to speak to me about doing anything wrong or right or whatever, so I’m completely clueless.

“I have no idea what’s expected of me to get the title shots. No one’s ever come to me and said they don’t like what I’m doing or I need to do more of something else. I’m utterly and completely clueless in that regard.”

Title shot or not, Fitch isn’t going anywhere. He’s still doing what he loves to do and isn’t about to give that up, whether or not he’s being passed over for another shot at gold.

He won’t let it ding his confidence either.

“I’m living for the fights. That’s what I love,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anybody out there who I can’t beat. If I’m in shape and healthy and my timing is on, there’s nobody in the world I can’t beat.”

Slated to face Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, not exactly the challenge he’d like to have staring him in the face, Fitch will continue on, pursuing his goals, proving that there isn’t anyone he can’t beat.

“My goals are: one, to win the welterweight belt; two, avenge my loss to GSP; and three, I would like to move up some day and challenge Anderson (Silva) if he’s still around and undefeated, just because that’s the kind of person I am.

“I want to challenge the best. I want to go up against the best. I want to prove to everybody that I’m the best.”

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  • KBEsq

    Yeah, good luck with that. He’s an expert at making a career out of fighting, but not a champion.

    • MMA_JB

      Has anyone told him that no one really wants to see a fighter, let a lone a champion?

      If I were that boring at my profession, I would be fired.

  • tsszaltax

    I like Jon Fitch. He works hard and is a warrior. Can take a punch from anyone and has a ton of heart. The reason he hasnt got a rematch is pretty clear in my opinion. Its because not everyone likes the same things about him that I do, and to them, you’re nothing if you dont finish fights. Finish a top 10 guy in dominating fashion and Id be willing to guarantee he’d get his shot again. You cant go since 6/2006 and expect people to notice you. The only fights people like that go to decisions are the ones like Hendo/Rua and Griffin/Bonnar and unfortunately Fitch’s arent like those.

    Its the same reason why so many people who loved GSP so much when he was on his run to the title. There will always be band wagon fans out there that like people only because they’re an elite champion but even they start falling off the wagon after so many boring fights. GSP has finished one fight since 4/2008, therefore more and more people are disliking him.

  • best wrestler/avoiding fighting guy out there

    • therealmo

      true, but atleast he’s willing to test himself against anderson, gsp on the other hand has been ducking him for the past 2 or 3 years

  • Yes, Jon Fitch is tough. Yes, Jon Fitch is a fighter. Yes, he has a great record. Yes, he is a top 10 fighter. Yes, he may get another title shot in the future. But I will never like Jon Fitch as an mma fighter and I think it is very pretentious of him to think he may challenge Anderson Silva. Delusions of grandeur from another AKA guy.

  • MikeMc1983

    At least Jon Fitch sets some lofty goals for himself. If Gsp did the same the fans could have some fights we’d like to see. I think sonnen’s view is the one I’ve liked most. It’s nice to see that he’s not the only one who wants to take out the top dog. As much as Fitch wants to take the belt from Gsp, he knows Anderson is the top of the mountain in mma.
    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Fitch setting goals he may never obtain. Better he do that then never pursue any at all.

  • Sorry but Jon Excellente Sleep-Aid Fitch, but lying on top of someone for 15 minutes makes me glad he’s not in the title picture. BORING!!! Sadly GSP is going into Job Fitch territory, but at least he moves to advance his position. Fitch on the other hand, lies on top, and does short punches. Move up to Middleweight than, imho.

  • phrankthetank

    Plain and simple, if GSP weren’t around, Fitch would be the most dominant welterweight in the sport. Whether you like his style or not, you can’t deny his talent.

    • tsszaltax

      ^True story.

    • MrAdidas

      Is that your final answer?!? It should be b/c you speak the truth!

  • is he kidding me? hes clueless why he hasnt gotten a rematch? its obvious…he doesnt finish fights, people dont find him exciting, and GSP beat the living **** out of him already…i dont think theres a person on this planet that doesnt know exactly why he hasnt gotten another title shot…now add to the equation theres new fighters for GSP that are more appealing, for example, nick diaz, carlos condit and jake ellenberger…i dont mind fitch but he cant be serious…

    • MrAdidas

      OKAY I’ll let you & many other people in on a little secret… the REASON why Fitch has NOT gotten a title fight, has NOTHING to do with him being boring or not finishing fights, b/c Fitch had 4 decision wins b4 he fought GSP. THE MAIN REASON Fitch has NOT gotten a rematch Vs GSP is b/c….. Jon Fitch did not want to give the UFC his rights to his character for MMA games, which was the reason why Fitch was let go/”fired” from the UFC for a few days, but he later agreed to give his rights to the UFC for the video games.

      I **** YOU NOT! Dana was FURIOUS @ Fitch & ever since Fitch has been getting the SHAFT, even with him winning ALL his UFC fights besides one.

  • FightFan_008

    A list he will never complete.