When the UFC released a slew of names, Jon Fitch was easily the most well-known. It was met with mixed criticism, but Fitch’s latest defeat leaves one to wonder if the former title contender has surpassed his peak.
By now, most of us have seen the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 main event where Josh Burkman made quick work of Fitch. If one is yet to see it, the requirement is all of 41 seconds of the day.
Fitch is now 1-3 since 2011 with a draw. Looking at who he’s needed to overcome should be taken into account. His final UFC losses came at the hands of welterweight No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks and growing division prospect Demian Maia. Outside of that, only champion Georges St-Pierre has handed Fitch a loss and few can claim to have beaten the Canadian.
The loss doesn’t help Fitch’s image if he hoped for the UFC to resign him. Bellator could still want a piece as a meeting with Ben Askren would be great for wrestling fans.
The likely scenario is Fitch makes his return for the WSOF. He still has fights on his contract though there is the option to compete for outside promotions. If the WSOF grants Fitch the okay to fight elsewhere, the safe bet is ONE FC.
With the limited roster of the WSOF, I’d pair Fitch up with Aaron Simpson. He’s a former UFC fighter who has lost a pair, with one thanks to Burkman. Fitch would need to win and in dominate fashion to keep his name valid in the welterweight ranks.