UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch has gone 5-0 since losing in a title fight to current champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre back in 2008. He has steadily been working his way back to a shot at the title and also redemption against St. Pierre since that unanimous decision defeat at UFC 87. He will attempt to get one step closer to that goal and earn his sixth victory this February 27th when he takes on former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn. Speaking with Fighters.com recently, Fitch discussed what it means to fight a legend of the sport in Penn and what he thinks would come of a second meeting between himself and St. Pierre.
“Other than my fight with GSP for the title, this is my biggest fight so far,” Fitch asserted. “I just need an impressive performance, more of myself grinding out beat downs and being more aggressive for the finish and just putting a lot of pressure on BJ.”
The American Kickboxing Academy product has confidence in his skills’ and believes that, should he defeat Penn and earn another shot at St. Pierre, he will be able to defeat the French-Canadian 170-pound kingpin.
“As you could see from the first fight, I gave [GSP] a better fight than anybody else,” Fitch said. “I have vast improvement in my stand up game, my Jiu-Jitsu game is off the charts right now, and I’m just a better fighter all around, and the second time that we match up I’ll beat him.”
Fitch and Penn will meet in the main event of UFC 127, which will take place at the Acer Arena in Syndey, Australia.