Jon Fitch wasn’t surprised that the UFC released him along with plenty of other fighters in a recent cleaning-up of the roster. The former No. 1 contender in the welterweight division thought the UFC didn’t provide him with enough attention during his run with them.
“I never really felt comfortable or wanted there,” said Fitch on The MMA Hour. “It was just an overall feeling, I never felt like I got a lot of attention that other people did that were doing the same thing as me.”
By the end of his UFC stint, Fitch was 14-3-1. The last few years saw him on the sides with frequent injuries and not being able to mount as much offense as he used to. His last fight was a decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156 in February. Since 2007, all of Fitch’s wins have come via decision, which didn’t help someone who made major bucks.
Fitch recently signed a contract with the upstart World Series of Fighting (WSOF), who he looks to help expand.
“The important thing is that I am going to be with an organization now that I really feel we’re going to get a chance to do something big,” said Fitch.
No opponent has been named for his first fight, but Fitch believes he’ll know more after WSOF 2. That card is on March 23 from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The NBC Sports Network will air the show.