Bellator MMA welterweight Jon Fitch is undefeated in his last six fights. He's now 42, with three fights left on his contract, and coming off a draw vs. then promotion champion Rory MacDonald in the Bellator WW GP a year ago. Fitch hinted at retirement after the draw, but has spoken with his management about what it would take to get him to fight again - more money than his contract, or a title shot or title eliminator, or a main event.
“If they offer me more than what I’m currently contracted for, I would fight anybody," said Fitch to Danny Segura for MMA Junkie. "But otherwise, a title eliminator or the title – that’s what would do it."
“I’ve been thinking about retirement for a while because the body is beat up and the money is not there. I’ve been doing this 17 years and it’s not the sport I thought it was going to be. It’s not even a sport anymore. t’s pro wrestling without the pre-determined outcome. So it’s a frustrating thing to be bound to these promoters. You never know when you’re going to fight, or if you’re going to get a fight, or if it’s good fight. There’s no merit system at all – it’s all about entertainment. They’re just putting on a show. It’s a show."
“That, paired with physical issues – I have kids now, so if the fights are not really appealing, it’s not worth doing. It’s not worth getting into training camp and breaking down my body for the amount of money that we’re making. There’s other jobs you can do and get by and not get brain damage."