During a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio, perennial UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch elaborated on earlier statements he had made concerning a move up in weight should his teammate Josh Koscheck defeat current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre this December 11th at UFC 124.
The American Kickboxing Academy product explained that, even though he is still unwilling to fight his teammate, if Koscheck wins the UFC title it would necessitate an immediate move up in weight.
“It would be like a two year process for me to move up a weight class,” Fitch said. “Because I have unfinished business at 170. The thing is I would move up if Josh would win the title and defend it. So he’d have to hold on to it for a while. You’re talking about almost a year right there, with a win and defense.”
Fitch stated his desire to take on the best fighters in the welterweight division that he has not already faced and defeated (his only UFC loss came against St. Pierre in a 2008 title fight) and said that he would only move up in weight once he took care of that business.
“In that time I could fight GSP non-title, I could fight Jake Shields, I could fight Martin Kampmann, I could fight Carlos Condit,” said Fitch. “All those guys could be fought already, and after that there’s not much left to do in front of me. Then that would be the optimum time I would be looking for other challenges if I want to move up a weight class.”
Basically, as he explained to MMAWeekly, Fitch is really only interested in vacating the 170-pound division if there is no one left besides Josh Koscheck for him to fight.
“If there’s no one else for me to compete with at 170 other than Koscheck, I’m going to move up,” he said, much to UFC President Dana White’s frustration.
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