by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Jon Fitch on Saturday night kept his name among the contenders to current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s crown. It took him three rounds, but with a bloody mask circling his eyes at the end of the fight, he carried a unanimous decision out of his battle with Mike Pierce at UFC 107 in Memphis.
It wasn’t as crowd-pleasing as Kenny Florian and Clay Guida’s bout immediately prior, but Fitch did a good job mixing up punches, knees from the clinch, and takedowns to keep a persistent Pierce at bay.
Fitch had Pierce’s back early in round one and kept on him, peppering him with punches, searching for the rear naked choke. Pierce would survive, however, and take Fitch into the deep waters of the third round.
With half a minute left in the fight, Pierce unloaded with a furious flurry of punches that staggered Fitch, but the veteran treaded water to finish the round and earn the unanimous decision.
The win is Fitch’s nineteenth in 20 attempts; his only stumble in that stretch being a decision loss to St-Pierre. The win over Pierce won’t put him back in with the champ just yet, but it gives Fitch three-straight victories since losing to St-Pierre at UFC 87, and keeps him in the hunt.