Fitch: WSoF working with me, not against me

 

On Feb 20, the UFC confirmed with MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani that 16 fighters had been released including Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Jon Fitch. Many fans were surprised at the release of Fitch, as, despite going 1-2-1 his previous four fights, he was ranked #9 in the UFC's top 10 list.

One person who was not surprised was Fitch himself.

He now has a new home in WSoF, and will debut in the main event vs. Josh Burkman on June 14, on the NBC Sports Network.

Earlier today on a media call Fitch discussed his past and future.

"From very early on, I was fighting for my job every single fight," said Fitch. "They made it very clear that they didn't like me or want me around. That's one reason I’m so excited about being with World Series of Fighting right now. They want me around and they're giving me a great push. It's awesome to have people working with me instead of against me."

"There were times throughout my career with contract negotiations, there were threats of, after agreeing to terms of contracts, they were like, 'It doesn't matter anyway, as soon as you lose, we're going to cut you and sign you back for half as much,' type of statements. And just things said under their breath around me, things said behind my back to the media. Without ever sitting me down like a man and talking to me. To me that's a clear sign of not wanting somebody around, not being appreciated, and not having a place at the table."

Fitch is now in what he calls the second half of his career.

"It feels good," said Fitch. "You can't put a price tag on respect."

"I’m proud of my history, I'm proud of what I've done. I'm even more proud of what I've done under the circumstances. It's not easy to be successful in a hostile work environment. Anyone who’s worked in any profession that had to go through that knows that for a fact. I feel like I have double the wins because of the circumstances that I fought against."

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Herman Munster site profile image  

6/8/13 9:55 AM by Herman Munster

Delusional.

Herman Munster site profile image  

6/8/13 9:55 AM by Herman Munster

Delusional.

CaptChaos site profile image  

6/8/13 9:33 AM by CaptChaos

I totally agree. You can mix and match some of those guys. I love Condit but they have him ranked at #2 and he has 2 losses in a row (yeah I know they are to the champ and #1.)In today's game Fitch won't be able to open up more and try to be more exciting. Burkman is a dangerous guy if he tries to do that. Look Jon Fitch is quite a success story. He's an over achiever. He's not the most athletic, skilled, etc... He got to where he's at through sheer hard work and discipline. He was a walk on at Purdue and eventually became the captain. You cant teach that kind of drive and persistence. He's a hard working blue collar fighter that was ranked #2 in the world for several years. Yeah his style may not be the most exiting but that's pretty impressive. If GSP was not around he would have been champ for years. We are talking about the best fighters on the planet. Some of you are talking like he's just some dude. No IMO he's pretty special. He just happens to be not the most exciting.With that said mark my words... WSOF will not be around long. They don't draw fans at their shows and they are paying these guys a lotta money. In addition they aren't the most organized. Their last show almost didn't happen. The cage did not meet requirements and they scrambled to fix it. Not many people know that. I mean it was super close to not happening. I personally know the people that saved the night for WSOF cause of the cage issue. Maia is the dark horse in the division but the UF won't make it easy for him to get a title shot. He's also not the most popular so not being exciting and/or popular doesn't help his cause. Maia should fighting a top 5-10 guy. Beating Kim, Story, and Fitch (all impressively) earns him that top tier fight IMO. Fitch isn't on the decline at all. He would have beat BJ if that fight went another round and/or the judging was Pride judging, he got caught by Hendricks (Fitch wins the rematch imo,) he got FOTN against Silva who's an athletic phenom that will do great things in the future, and he lost a horrible style matchup fight to Maia.

CaptChaos site profile image  

6/8/13 9:33 AM by CaptChaos

I totally agree. You can mix and match some of those guys. I love Condit but they have him ranked at #2 and he has 2 losses in a row (yeah I know they are to the champ and #1.)In today's game Fitch won't be able to open up more and try to be more exciting. Burkman is a dangerous guy if he tries to do that. Look Jon Fitch is quite a success story. He's an over achiever. He's not the most athletic, skilled, etc... He got to where he's at through sheer hard work and discipline. He was a walk on at Purdue and eventually became the captain. You cant teach that kind of drive and persistence. He's a hard working blue collar fighter that was ranked #2 in the world for several years. Yeah his style may not be the most exiting but that's pretty impressive. If GSP was not around he would have been champ for years. We are talking about the best fighters on the planet. Some of you are talking like he's just some dude. No IMO he's pretty special. He just happens to be not the most exciting.With that said mark my words... WSOF will not be around long. They don't draw fans at their shows and they are paying these guys a lotta money. In addition they aren't the most organized. Their last show almost didn't happen. The cage did not meet requirements and they scrambled to fix it. Not many people know that. I mean it was super close to not happening. I personally know the people that saved the night for WSOF cause of the cage issue. Maia is the dark horse in the division but the UF won't make it easy for him to get a title shot. He's also not the most popular so not being exciting and/or popular doesn't help his cause. Maia should fighting a top 5-10 guy. Beating Kim, Story, and Fitch (all impressively) earns him that top tier fight IMO. Fitch isn't on the decline at all. He would have beat BJ if that fight went another round and/or the judging was Pride judging, he got caught by Hendricks (Fitch wins the rematch imo,) he got FOTN against Silva who's an athletic phenom that will do great things in the future, and he lost a horrible style matchup fight to Maia.

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6/8/13 9:15 AM by CaptChaos

Agree

CaptChaos site profile image  

6/8/13 9:15 AM by CaptChaos

Agree

FinestScotch site profile image  

6/7/13 6:28 PM by FinestScotch

If he was a draw, he would have made much more. He got paid exactly what he should have for the performances he put on, and only because they were winning performances.

FinestScotch site profile image  

6/7/13 6:28 PM by FinestScotch

If he was a draw, he would have made much more. He got paid exactly what he should have for the performances he put on, and only because they were winning performances.

Blizzard Armbar site profile image  

6/7/13 3:39 PM by Blizzard Armbar

Wow. I'm suprised Fitch found a company that is willing to put up with his ass. For never being a champion he sure does walk around making demands. lol. I with Dana on this one. fitch sure does think highly of himself. I kinda feel bad for wsof for actually working with someone like fitch.

Blizzard Armbar site profile image  

6/7/13 3:39 PM by Blizzard Armbar

Wow. I'm suprised Fitch found a company that is willing to put up with his ass. For never being a champion he sure does walk around making demands. lol. I with Dana on this one. fitch sure does think highly of himself. I kinda feel bad for wsof for actually working with someone like fitch.