With rumblings of a Nick Diaz vs. George St-Pierre fight growing louder and louder, UFC welterweight staple Jon Fitch has made it clear that he believes he is the more rightful challenger to the dominant French-Canadian’s throne.
During an appearance on HDNet’s Inside MMA, Fitch — who fought GSP for the belt in 2008, losing via unanimous decision — discussed the prospect of a rematch against “Rush” and stated his belief that a second go-around between them promises fireworks.
“You look at all the fights GSP’s had, which fight’s been the most exciting? Whether or not you think I can beat him, which fight has been the most exciting fight? And that’s the fight I had with him,” said the American Kickboxing Academy team captain. “You’re guaranteed to have an exciting fight because he can’t hold me down, I can take his punch and I’m always gonna keep moving forward.”
After losing to St-Pierre, Fitch rattled off five consecutive victories over top flight competition, including big wins over Paulo Thiago and Thiago Alves. In his most recent outing, Fitch met former UFC welterweight champ BJ Penn in the cage for the main event of UFC 127, which went down in Sydney, Australia. The two battled back and forth over three rounds in a bout that was eventually ruled a draw.
The two were scheduled to meet again at UFC 132 this July, but was forced out of the match with a shoulder injury which required surgery.