Jon Fitch says he doesn’t want to see MMA turn into pro wrestling, and UFC president Dana White says no one wants to see Jon Fitch fight.
“The problem with Jon Fitch is you hear the same thing from everybody about Jon Fitch: if I want fall asleep sleep and I can’t get to sleep at night, I’ll put in a Jon Fitch fight,” White told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani. “Whatever you think – Jon Fitch is one of the best 170-pounders in the world. And yes, he’s in the hunt for a title again, but everybody – find one person that will tell you they love a Jon Fitch fight, it’s the most exciting thing they’ve ever seen and they just get so excited for it. So when you say that you have a fight like Cerrone and Diaz on the card and a guy with a record like (Fitch’s) is on and people aren’t jumping out of their seats for that fight, I think Jon needs to have a little bit of a, you know… he’s got to be a little honest with himself and have a little bit of a reality check when he talks about stuff like that.”
With a record of 23-3-1 and victories over the likes of Thiago Alves (twice), Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago, Fitch is undoubtedly one of the best welterweights in the world. His only loss in the past eight years has come against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but his most recent performance, a February battle with BJ Penn, resulted in a draw and he hasn’t been in action since.
Returning from shoulder surgery, Fitch will face Johny Hendricks tonight on the main card of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem , which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.