Jon Fitch is having a hard time catching a break.
The longtime welterweight contender has been out of action since fighting BJ Penn to a draw back in February as a result of a shoulder injury he incurred in the bout and has been sitting on the sidelines watching his peers advance their positions in the division since.
He watched a rematch with Penn fall apart and the rest of the division’s top contenders get matched up with one another; UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is gearing up to make his next defense against former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz and Fitch is left brooding in the lurch.
Unfortunately for Fitch, who strongly believes that he’s the welterweight fighter most deserving of a title shot, UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem to keen on pitting him against Rush again anytime soon.
“Well, Jon Fitch did get his shot,” White recently told MMAHeat in regards to Fitch getting a title shot. “I mean, Jon Fitch fought Georges St-Pierre and it was a one-sided affair, let’s just say that. Fitch is definitely one of the best guys out there. He’s in a spot now where he’s injured… He’s had his shot at Georges St-Pierre. It’s not like he went in and fought Georges St-Pierre and it was a barnburner and some people think he won. Jon Fitch is definitely one of the best in the world in that division, but he’s injured, he just drew (with) BJ Penn, so, we’ll see.”
Since losing to St-Pierre, Fitch has defeated five of the best fighters at 170lbs., all via unanimous decision. Long characterized as a grinder, it could be that Fitch’s decision-prone style is a big part of why White seems cool on giving him another shot at the belt.