It wasn’t long ago welterweight Jon Fitch was a UFC title-contender, at least in terms of what he’d accomplished inside the Octagon rather than how the organization actually had him ranked. After stringing together a ton of wins, Fitch faced champion Georges St-Pierre and lost a decision, then racked up five more victories including those over Ben Saunders, Paulo Thiago, Mike Pierce, and Thiago Alves.
However, Fitch was passed over for a rematch and ended up fighting to a Draw with BJ Penn. After that an injury-plagued camp led to a December 2011 loss to Johny Hendricks and the 34-year old Fitch hasn’t fought since.
“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,” said the soured scrapper in an interview with FC Fighter. “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,” Fitch continued. “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.”
As far as that goes, Fitch knows the first step back towards another title-shot before it’s too late involves a convincing win over Silva rather than the decisions he’s unfortunately associated with, saying on the subject, “I’m going to out there and put the old-man strength on him and put the beat down on him wherever I can.”
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