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Jon Fitch Not Ready To Step To The Side In Welterweight Division

Jon Fitch has worked his way to the top of the UFC’s welterweight division, securing a title shot vs. Georges St-Pierre. However, after a draw with BJ Penn and a stunning knockout loss to Johny Hendricks, Fitch knows he needs to have a strong performance.

Fitch will face Erick Silva this Saturday night in a main card bout at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar. Silva is viewed as a future contender at 170 pounds, but Fitch wants to remind him that time is not now.

“He’s got some hype on him, but I will shut him down like I shut everyone down,” Fitch said. “I know he has a bright future, but it his time yet. I will beat him up like I did all the rest.”

Fitch went five years without a loss before falling to St-Pierre via decision in 2008. He won his next five UFC fights – all by decision.

“I have to use my striking to set up my takedowns,” Fitch said. “He’s fast and explosive, and I know I can’t have a slow first round against someone like him.”