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10/14/12 1:36 PM
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"If this fight doesn't go the way I need it to, I'm kind of at a loss of what to do next," said Jon Fitch ahead of his UFC 153 fight Saturday night with Erick Silva. "Losing fights is not paying the bills. It is not really an option for me to go out there and not perform well or not put on a good show. I'm really looking for the 'Fight of the Night' bonus. That is something which is really going to put some distance between me and financial problems.

"Fans are going to see a man who is highly motivated," Fitch continued. "A man who is driven to perform well. They are going to see a man who has to perform well, not just for himself, but for his family and career."

Nostrafitchamus predicted accurately. Saturday night he gave both a winning and a crowd-winning performance, something that has often eluded him during a remarkable career.

In a recent interview, Fitch lamented that money was drying up in MMA, both because he had not seen a win bonus in over two years, and because sponsor and appearance money was in short supply.

Saturday night it rained, with Fitch earning whatever sponsorship money his management could find in this economy, plus his show money, plus his win money, plus a potential locker room bonus, plus a $70,000 Fight of the Night performance bonus.

"It gives me a lot of comfort," Fitch said. "It gives me a lot of space to not have to worry about money. I can just focus on training and doing what I love.

"It was just huge. I needed to step up and I needed have confidence in myself and my game and just go for it, and know that even if I made a mistake or got put in a bad position, I would still come out on top."

Fitch must have found further comfort in the words of UFC President Dana White.

"This all stems from the whole video game stuff that happened a long time ago," said White, referring to Fitch's brief release from the UFC in late 2008 over likeness rights. "You've never heard me say anything negative about Fitch or diss Fitch in any way.

"People complain about Jon Fitch laying on people. This is mixed martial arts. Your job is to keep them from doing it, and tonight, Erick Silva did that. Fitch was grinding him against the fence the way that he does, and Silva got out and countered, and it was a back and forth fight. Both guys looked awesome."


10/14/12 1:38 PM
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As critical as we have been everyone should be very happy for and impressed with Fitch. Phone Post
10/14/12 2:14 PM
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Fitch was really impressive last night - from his offense to the way he got out of the choke, it was a nice showcase of his talents.

10/14/12 2:15 PM
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"It was just huge. I needed to step up and I needed have confidence in myself and my game and just go for it, and know that even if I made a mistake or got put in a bad position, I would still come out on top."

This right here says it all. With the level of competition he's fought he should be confident enough to know he can escape most bad positions. now he'll be more inclined to take risks with less fear of it costing him.

the UFC giving him that bonus served as excellent positive reinforcement. Phone Post
10/14/12 2:20 PM
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10/14/12 2:22 PM
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Did Dana say hes never bashed or said anything negative about Fitch? Love Dana buts hes definitely bashed Fitch multiple times and been extremely harsh. Phone Post
10/14/12 2:25 PM
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Loved Fitch's performance but hate hearing millionaire's bitch about money.

 

10/14/12 2:27 PM
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10/14/12 2:28 PM
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Broke Fitch. No can defend. Phone Post
10/14/12 2:29 PM
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Man i hope we always see the Broke Fitch fight style from now on. I don't think silva was expecting that at all from Fitch...he earned this money his time
10/14/12 2:38 PM
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Loved Fitch's performance but hate hearing millionaire's bitch about money.

 


If Jon Fitch was a millionaire, I'm a fucking Jedi Knight.

You switched from past to present tense...

 

Either way, unless he has bad spending habits his net worth should be in the millions. He makes 200K+ a year.

 

10/14/12 3:02 PM
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10/14/12 3:44 PM
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One of his BEST performances by far. Congrats Mr. Fitch.
10/14/12 3:51 PM
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Very happy for Fitch.. Awesome fight.  Very inspiring.

10/14/12 3:59 PM
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The big question, though, and the reason Fitch has stayed with the UFC and put up with so much, is when does he get a crack at GSP? Does he have to win one, two or three fights? Does he get first crack as a short notice opponent if Condit or the next challenger gets hurt?

Everyone was saying Erick Silva would KILL Fitch, but its clear he was healthy and motivated, and he has what it takes to challenge GSP.
10/14/12 4:04 PM
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Loved Fitch's performance but hate hearing millionaire's bitch about money.

 


If Jon Fitch was a millionaire, I'm a fucking Jedi Knight.

You switched from past to present tense...

 

Either way, unless he has bad spending habits his net worth should be in the millions. He makes 200K+ a year.

 

200k a year, after taxes is about 130k.

If Fitch saved every single penny for the six years he has been in the UFC (assuming he made 200k a year each year) his net worth would only be 780k. Those people who actually try to save, only save 10 cents on the dollar. That would make his net worth 78k.

I love when people act like 200k a year makes you rich. Phone Post
10/14/12 4:56 PM
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10/14/12 4:58 PM
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Very happy for Fitch. Always a fan. :) Phone Post
10/14/12 5:01 PM
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I feel like I'm looking too into it, but did anyone else think BLAF kinda took a swipe at Fitch?

I agree with his point on the opponent needing to be able to use TDD, but I think it's unfair how he placed all the excitement on Silva for being able to reverse bottom position. I've loved Fitch since GSP, but he does fight safe, and I absolutely noticed a change in aggressivenes this fight.
10/14/12 5:02 PM
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10/14/12 5:14 PM
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Seems like Fitch just found himself...

Motivated Penn

New old old New old old New Vitor

Healthy Shogun

Broke Fitch

Now we have a killer on our hands!
10/14/12 6:25 PM
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I have to call shenanigans on DFW. He doesn't outwardly hate on Fitch, but he does a lot of sneaky stuff to try and take him down. For example: Erick Silva had a whole promo video before their fight, and then Fitch got nothing. DFW does what he can to NOT promote Fitch
10/14/12 6:46 PM
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FitchFan - I have to call shenanigans on DFW. He doesn't outwardly hate on Fitch, but he does a lot of sneaky stuff to try and take him down. For example: Erick Silva had a whole promo video before their fight, and then Fitch got nothing. DFW does what he can to NOT promote Fitch

I think we can all expect that to change.  Everyone loves this 'new' Fitch.  We all want him to stay around, and now for as long as posible.  I, for one, will be looking forward to his next fight.  Sponsors and DFW Jr should all take notice of the response everyone is giving after watching his performance last night.

10/14/12 7:28 PM
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200 K a year can make you rich, if you live off 50 of it and invest the rest wisely.

Fitch did not do this, he has 2 properties and the one he rents is losing $.
10/14/12 7:35 PM
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