Jon Fitch: “I Think I Have 15 Fights Left in Me”
| Jon Fitch has been in the sport of MMA for a long, long time. Just about 12 years to be more exact. And he’s been fighting at the top level of competition for the majority of that time. He recently ventured away from his longtime home of the UFC and looked to start a title run in the newly and rising WSOF promotion.
Fitch made his debut for the company in June as he faced Josh Burkman in a rematch from their UFC days. Fitch won the first fight and was looking to make quick work of Burkman and start making a climb toward the WSOF title. That story was cut short as Burkman put Fitch to sleep with a remarkable guillotine choke in the first round.
Fitch, now 24-6 in his MMA career, is 35 years old and is seemingly nearing the end of his storied career. But, according to him, he still has plenty left in the tank to rise up from his current two fight losing skid and reach for gold again. He recently talked on The MMA Hour and discussed how he’s handling the loss to Burkman last month, what he wants next in his career, and how much longer he’d like to keep fighting. Here are some of the key quotes from Fitch during that interview:
On the loss to Josh Burkman:
“I mean, fighters, I don’t think we ever really get over losses. It’s kind of what drives us to keep working and keeps us moving to get better and try to get better. So, I’ve dealt with it, but I’ll never be over the loss. It’s just a matter of me putting together a win or two and getting a rematch.”
On the pressure behind making his WSOF debut:
“I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to make this debut the biggest debut I could. I was looking for something bigger. I think this company put a lot of effort into promoting me and getting me out there and I wanted to step up and represent and help take World Series to that next level, because I knew a lot of people would be watching after everything that’s transpired over the last several months.”
On how often he’d like to fight and his future in the sport:
“I figure three times a year, that’s at least 15 fights in five years, if you’re healthy. I think I have 15 fights left in me.”
What do you think, Penn Nation? Following Fitch’s loss to Burkman last month do you think that he has enough left in him to make another title run in WSOF or fight 15 more times? Lets hear what everyone here at BJPenn.com thinks about Fitch’s comments. Sound off, fight fans.
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