Jon Fitch: UFC system to decide #1 contender 'sucks'

by Tom Taylor | source:

“My head wasn’t even in the (Hendricks) fight in the first place," said Jon Fitch. "I fought because I needed money. I should have pulled out of the fight because I had a second-degree MCL tear in my right knee. I wasn’t able to grapple or wrestle at all during the training camp."

“I don’t want to disrespect Johny Hendricks. He’s a hell of a fighter, but I didn’t even put myself in a position to win that fight. I was struggling a little bit with the mortgage and I couldn’t afford not to fight."

“I think I could have continued in that fight. I think I got hit twice, but I was conscious. I saw the ref jumping on me, and I was like ‘what are you doing?’ I knew what was going on the whole time. I just lost half a second from the time that he hit me to the time that I hit the ground. That was the only time I was out. It wasn’t a clean, full knockout. I just want to make sure that if I’m out, I’m out. I want to make sure that the ref isn’t making a mistake. If I get hurt from it, so be it, but we’re talking about a lot of money, whether you win or lose. It’s a big hit to the bank account if the ref steps in even a little bit early."

“He’s a great fighter and I’d like to test myself against him again. I feel like I owe him a real fight. I didn’t put myself in a situation to give him a real fight and I kind of robbed him of that opportunity too.”

On October 13th, Fitch will look to ascend the ladder again, as he takes on dynamic young contender Erick Silva at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fitch will look to turn a win over Silva into the beginning of another impressive win streak, but he is unsure of what exactly he’ll have to do before another title shot is in his sights.

“It’s impossible to tell," said Fitch. "There’s no system for picking number one contenders. There’s no order, there’s no lineup, there’s no point system. It’s just whoever they feel they’re going to make the most money off of. That’s who gets the title shot. It kind of sucks, because in other sports there’s kind of a clear path; you do this, this and this, and you get this.  That’s just not the way combat sports work I guess. It doesn’t work that way with boxing or the UFC. It comes down to showmanship. I have to be a better showman to get a title shot. I don’t have to be a better fighter I just have to be a better showman.”

“I’m going to out there and put the old-man strength on him and put the beat down on him wherever I can. I’ve always gone into fights with the mindset that I’m not just going to take what they give me, I’m going to put pressure on them and make them make mistakes. I’ve always done that and it’s always worked out pretty well.”

“I think we’re going to have a really fast fight, and I’d like to submit Erick Silva, you know, I think I can. I think I can get him to expose some things that make him vulnerable and I think I can put him away.”

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notsobigmike site profile image  

9/17/12 12:20 PM by notsobigmike

I disagree.It's about the fans.Promoters put on the fights people want to see.Why on earth would a promoter put together a matchup, much less a title shot, than no one wants to watch?

NorthFromHere site profile image  

9/16/12 6:51 AM by NorthFromHere

Both guys got their title shot because GSP had already cleaned out the division and instead of rematches UFC wanted him to fight a new contender. And I for one agree with this. All the rematches has killed the LW title hunt.Hardy was 4-0 in the UFC and beat Mike Swick in a title eliminator.Many fans were demanding that Shields, who came with a huge winning streak to the UFC, should get an immediate title shot when he was signed. Well UFC made him fight top contender Kampmann and earn his title shot. Ugly win? Yes but still a win.

PAPA ROACH1 site profile image  

9/16/12 4:11 AM by PAPA ROACH1

agree with fitch 100 percent. this dude beat all the tough competition and cleared koscheks path and koschek is on top of the world and fitch is having trouble paying his mortgage. unreal. dont be surprised if fitch loses he gets the ax. the ufc would rather keep the 6k per fight case u read this fitch im rooting for u man , take this kid out.

TenOfSwords site profile image  

9/16/12 4:00 AM by TenOfSwords

There should be official, public rankings. If some dude is #2 in his weight class behind some GOAT who is going to hold the belt for the next 20 years then he should receive some formal recognition for it.  

ssj site profile image  

9/16/12 2:52 AM by ssj

injured fighterscontext motherfucker, do you understand it?

2ommata site profile image  

9/16/12 2:36 AM by 2ommata

they should cut fitch if he loses to silvahes annoying as fuck to watch, him and he guy silva fucked up before that

Tardiolli site profile image  

9/16/12 2:19 AM by Tardiolli

How can Fitch be having money problems? His disclosed pays for recent fights were around U$100,000 per fight w/ win bonus included, this is not counting sponsorship money. I like Fitch but looks like he's burning cash or something.

Neil Funk site profile image  

9/16/12 1:16 AM by Neil Funk

and Vitor Belfort.

lookoutawhale site profile image  

9/16/12 1:08 AM by lookoutawhale

got it. thanks! ^__^

MarcusRenatoBlackBelt site profile image  

9/15/12 2:25 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Jon Fitch, the P4P perennial Challenger, will hopefully take a healthy step forward and improve his game, Though he is a good fighter, seem oblivious to why he has been struggling lately. Fitching people isnt gonna sniff him another titleshot. His style is the same in EVERY FIGHT, EXACTLY THE SAME. Has he ever kept it standing against anyone? His adaptation is poor. Just look at the BJ Penn fight where he couldn't stop the double leg and saiid