UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch currently has his sights set on the 170lb. strap and on a rematch with current welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre; but, as he recently told MMAJunkie.com, the American Kickboxing Academy product is eyeing an eventual move up in weight to test himself at 185lbs.
Fitch pointed to the fact that his teammate Josh Koscheck is currently the number one welterweight contender and their other teammate Mike Swick is also a quality 170lb’er as an impetus for a move up in weight down the road.
“We have a philosophy at our gym that it would be much better to have three belts at AKA than to have two belts, and then send two guys to fight for the same belt,” Fitch said. “So I feel like I can beat Anderson Silva, too, and GSP.”
In the meantime, Fitch is biding his time at welterweight and working in the gym to shore up the weaknesses he feels are necessary to correct before he is fully prepared for a title shot.
“I’ve got to wait to hear what’s next,” he said. “For me, it’s just about getting back to the gym. I have things that I have to improve on, specific things I have outlined that I want to improve before my next fight, especially if it’s a title shot. So I have a little time to do that.”
Fitch, along with Martin Kampmann or Jake Shields (depending on the winner of their UFC 121 meeting), sits on the short list of possible next title challengers. Fitch is confident he will eventually be awarded a shot at the belt and that he will defeat “Rush” in their rematch. He predicts a move to middleweight after he captures and defends the welterweight belt.
“GSP is first on my list,” he said. “But by the time I win the belt at 170, there will be one or two fights left because I will have fought everybody else, and I’ll want to move up. That’s just where my career will progress. Just like the other guys who want to fight the best in the world, I’m the same way. It’s always been my intention to clear out 170 and move up. It’s just one guy left, and I’ve been chasing him since the last loss, and I’ll continue to chase him until I beat him and get the welterweight title and move up.”
Fitch most recently competed at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen, where he dominated an overweight Thiago “Pitbull” Alves en route to a unanimous decision win in a rematch of their Ultimate Fight Night 5 meeting.