UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch recently indicated to MMANews.com that he is interested in putting at risk his status (many believe Fitch is overdue another shot at George St. Pierre’s title) in the welterweight division in order to stay busy and get a fight in while teammate Josh Koscheck gets his crack at the belt this December. The American Kickboxing Academy team captain even has an opponent in mind for the hypothetical scrap.
“It’s kind of wait-and-see right now,” Fitch said of his future. “We’ve got Koscheck fighting GSP here December 11th and you’ve also got an interesting match up with Martin Kampmann and Jake Shields fighting October 23rd, I believe. The next time a title shot’s coming around it’s probably gonna be awhile so I’m kind of thinking I might want to fight again before the title shot. The winner of Kampmann-Shields I think would be a perfect match up.”
Fitch showed particular interest in fighting his friend and UFC newcomer, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.
“I’ve known Jake for a long time, he’s a good friend of mine,” Fitch said. “He’s a fantastic competitor and I think he would do very well. He’s one of the top guys in the weight class. I’ve been saying for years he deserves to be in the UFC and now it’s his time to get his chance to compete with the best guys in the world. I’m all about fighting the best guys in the world. So, we’ve known for a long time that this day would come that we would have to fight; so be it.”
Shields bailed on the Strikeforce promotion while still holding the middleweight belt, which he defended by defeating much-hyped new acquisition and former UFC standout Dan Henderson. Martin Kampmann has been making noise in the division as well, having taken out Jacob Volkmann and Paulo Thiago since getting knocked out by Paul Daley at UFC 103. Fitch has gone undefeated since challenging for St. Pierre’s belt back in August of 2008, defeating Akihiro Gono, Paulo Thiago, Mike Pierce, Ben Saunders and most recently Thiago Alves (all via unanimous decision).