Rick Story surprised many by taking out longtime top UFC welterweight Thiago Alves last weekend at UFC 130 and, in doing so, emerged as a real player on the 170lbs. landscape. After defeating Alves, Story called out another top welterweight in Jon Fitch, indicating his desire to face Fitch once the American Kickboxing Academy team captain recovers from his recent shoulder surgery.
Since losing to St-Pierre via unanimous decision in a contest over the French-Canadian’s strap in 2008, Fitch has gone 5-0-1, with the draw coming against former UFC dual-division champ BJ Penn in his most recent outing. Considering his record of almost complete dominance in the UFC, Fitch told MMAWeekly that he isn’t paying attention to anyone in the division who isn’t the champ or a former champ.
“I’m at a point in my career where I need to be fighting main events and main event fighters,” Fitch said. “And if you don’t have a belt, currently, or you haven’t owned a belt in the UFC, I’m not really interested.”
In case it needed spelling out, Fitch has his eyes on settling the score with Penn and St-Pierre and, currently, no one else.
“I want BJ or GSP,” he said. “Those are the only two guys I care (to fight) or have any interest in right now. If I (have to) sit out a year and wait for them, I’ll do it. That’s what I’m waiting to fight for.”