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Friday, 09/14/2012, 01:31 pm

Jon Fitch Speaks Out | UFC system to decide #1 contender 'sucks' | UFC NEWS

“My head wasn’t even in the (Hendricks) fight in the first place. I fought because I needed money. I should have pulled out of the fight because I had a second-degree MCL tear in my right knee. I wasn’t able to grapple or wrestle at all during the training camp. I don’t want to disrespect Johny Hendricks. He’s a hell of a fighter, but I didn’t even put myself in a position to win that fight. I was struggling a little bit with the mortgage and I couldn’t afford not to fight. I think I could have continued in that fight. I think I got hit twice, but I was conscious. I saw the ref jumping on me, and I was like ‘what are you doing?’ I knew what was going on the whole time. I just lost half a second from the time that he hit me to the time that I hit the ground. That was the only time I was out. It wasn’t a clean, full knockout. I just want to make sure that if I’m out, I’m out. I want to make sure that the ref isn’t making a mistake. If I get hurt from it, so be it, but we’re talking about a lot of money, whether you win or lose. It’s a big hit to the bank account if the ref steps in even a little bit early. He’s a great fighter and I’d like to test myself against him again. I feel like I owe him a real fight. I didn’t put myself in a situation to give him a real fight and I kind of robbed him of that opportunity too.”

“It’s impossible to tell. There’s no system for picking number one contenders. There’s no order, there’s no lineup, there’s no point system. It’s just whoever they feel they’re going to make the most money off of. That’s who gets the title shot. It kind of sucks, because in other sports there’s kind of a clear path; you do this, this and this, and you get this. That’s just not the way combat sports work I guess. It doesn’t work that way with boxing or the UFC. It comes down to showmanship. I have to be a better showman to get a title shot. I don’t have to be a better fighter I just have to be a better showman.”

In an interview with former welterweight title challenger, Jon Fitch, talks about the UFC’s lack of a ranking system and how he feels about it.



58 Responses to “Jon Fitch Speaks Out | UFC system to decide #1 contender 'sucks' | UFC NEWS”

  1. macheetah says:

    Yeah right you knew what you were doing! you were wrestling the referee after he stepped in! I’d say you were on queer street

    • Bob says:

      I didnt bother reading what Jon had to say because I have many things to do today and I didnt want to fall asleep.

      -Jon is boring
      – Jon is over rated
      – Jon is one ugly azz motha fker

      • GDP says:

        HAAAA HAAA, i almost feel a sleep reading this.

      • "LIKE" says:

        + !,000,000
        Fitch is garbage, I hope Hendricks knocks him out again on the street. lol

        • Mike b says:

          U just got caught dude!thats it,no excuses.its okay you’ll live to see another day.fitch is saying it wasn’t a full knockout,WHAT??what the fuck does that mean?u were unconscious Fitch.i don’t care if u were out for 2 seconds that’s a ko.fitch is a bitch for saying it wasn’t a full ko???LOL.and for calling bj penn a coward on one of the older forums bj had on his website.fitch needs to go away already.

  2. Holyshitballs says:

    boring… zZzZzz this guy is a joke!

  3. Bjj BB says:

    Fitch and koscheck always bitchin!! Its funny how fitch is talking about how he robbed hendricks cause he never trained well, no stupid you robbed yourself stupid! Then he goes on saying how he owe’s him a real fight and how he needs to be a showman to get the #1 spot? Sounds like your really reaching for that showman Try this fitch! Work 80% more on your stand up so when you fight your not a one trick pony, as for your wrestling you wont lose it if you train more on your stand up, then the fans will love you again when you start winning by mixing it up instead of dry humping the hell out of people, then you dont need to be a showman!

  4. Fitch you a whining b***h says:

    “i didn’t have time to train grappling or wrestling” during my camp. Well Fitch it
    didn’t even get to that point in the fight where u could deploy your lay and pray dry humping style. Quit making excuses cry baby,, you got knocked the f**k out.

  5. Jujitsu Player says:

    Why is Fitch still talking about the number 1 contender spot….and wtf is he going on about ‘I didn’t even put myself in a position to win that fight’….he got knocked out with one punch in about 10 seconds, it was brutal. He’s still living off a good performance against GSP in 2008….He’s way down the pcking order now and at least 2-3 fights from a title shot. That bit about not being a full knockout made me crease up….he should watch the highlight reel…he had no idea what was happening….

  6. T.DADDY says:

    Yes ur head was is the Hendricks fight cuz I seen it get punched and you fall down…lol. man ur such a bum

    • Hurricane8705 says:

      Do you just post on here for people to see your words? Every time I read something of yours on here my IQ drops.

      • Thurgood Jenkins says:

        Your question is by far the most asinine post I’ve ever seen on ANY Web site. “Do you just post on here for people to see your words?” You’re kidding right? I hope you realize that this is a public forum for people to post their ideas and opinions. Since many people post on here for the purpose of engaging in some form of debate. So to answer your extremely unintelligent question, YES. He/she, along with everyone else, posts on here for other people to see their words. Another blow to the educational system.

  7. Dan says:

    The way he fights SUCKS.

  8. come on says:

    Go to bellator then?

  9. MCBBQ says:

    You don’t have to be “showman”, just stop being a shitcunt.

  10. nashtheflash says:

    are you sure you werent out cold?? whining little $^%&$%

  11. dana black says:

    ufc starting to suck

  12. G says:

    Fuck Jon Fitch. One of the best fights ever was Fitch-Hendricks, just because Fitch didn’t get to pull his pathetic L.A.P. shit.

  13. Dick Diaz says:

    you looked pretty knocked the F out to me! but he is right about the UFC title shot situations.

  14. Tim Harper says:

    No Jon Fitch. You just have to actually do something other than lay and pray. No one wants to see you fight because you are boring as fuck.

  15. Kirk says:

    It’s to bad, because Fitch used to be a good fighter to watch. Hey Jon don’t make excuses Hendricks would have beat you anyways.

  16. DANNY says:

    i am one of the rare Jon Fitch fans… but yah his fight are boring as hell. And as a fan have no desire to really even see him fight.

    Yes, was KO’ed pretty bad. If the ref didn’t stop it JF would have bee in the hospital with brain damage.

  17. JUST A FAN says:

    Jon Fitch , What are you smoking???? You were out like a fucking lite ! man up and own it , Dont be a little bitch and make excuses. The stoppage was legit ! You are a tuff dude its just that your fights are extremely boring

  18. Xaninho says:

    Stop bashing this guy you morons! He is a legend in the sport and you people are disrespecting him.

  19. rick james bioch says:

    Tell smoke break to STFU… He got KTFO and now he says it’s because he didn’t train? First off he got gifted a draw in the BJ fight and then KO’d so why is he even talking about #1 status since he’s nowhere close to being that.

    Also does not understand fighting is a business? He doesn’t get title shots because no one and I mean no one is buying a PPV to watch him…

    • CMUSMC says:

      You’re an idiot. A “gifted draw” go back and actually watch the fight then the post fight interviews. BJ penn himself admits he didn’t feel like he won and even kinda give the impression that he lost. You are an absolute idiot. The judges see draw, Penn feels he may have lost, but you with your infinite wisdom and all the insight 35 seconds of YouTube clips can get you see “gifted a draw”

      • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

        Fitch lost 2 rounds in BJ fight and UFC brass said if he would have lost and not have been given a draw thjey were going to release him.

        this article on Fitch is eaxactly why i think he is the least marketable fighter in MMA. He got Ko’d and is still crying about it and making excuses.

        Fitch you may want to start looking for something else to do if you are having mortage problems because you are one fight away from being released by the UFC and you are spitting distance from 40 an dyour days are numbered. The UFC has at least a dozen NEW BREED of REAL FIGHTERS who actually want to fight and arn’t 100% one-dimentional snoonzers like YOU. Rory, Hendrciks, Kampmann, Condit, Eric Silva, Ellenberger the fans can’t wait to see fight. NOONE wants to watch Jon lay n pray Fitch fight ever again. go coach pee wrestling in bum f’ck egypt because your college wresting record sucked too bad for any college to ever pay you anythinbg to coach, sorry Fitch your 48-68 record in college shows all you really have as a wrestler is lay n pray stalling. Fitch still holds the all time Divison 1 record for being called for stalling and losing points than any other wrestler in college history. only reason Fitch was able to use his layn pray stalling is because the rules in MMA SUCK


        • Factchecker says:

          Lol @ was going to be released if it wasn’t a draw. The things people will outright make up to prove a point are ridiculous.

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          Look it up yourself IDIOT Dana told Dave meltzer in asn interview before Fitch/Bj Fight that Fitch was overpaid and he had no fanbase and UFC was going to release him if he lost the BJ fight

          google SB nation Dana white wants rid of Fitch/Dave meltzer/ fitch to be sacrificed for lack of entertainment

  20. yep says:

    It’s alright Fitch, your head will be in the Erick Silva fight….and he will proceed to take it off.

  21. EP says:

    Oh My God … Please shut this can up already…. he sounds like a broken record. what a bitch making all these excuses bc he got KO’d by Hendricks, its clear as day. And he is crying about #1 contender…. dude shut up already, in simple terms… youre not a REAL fighter and warrior, youre a point fighter, all you do is lay and prey people to stretch out the rounds and gain 10-9 …. does that really make you a better fighter than anyone? NO not at all.. i would watch paint dry then watch fitch fight. he is the most boring fighter in mma and he sucks and he is a bitch. this BrokeBack needs to get a reality check and stop bitchin. soooo sick of this meaningless douchebag.

  22. Brandon says:

    I dont know why it even matters…he’s going to get smashed by Erick Silva and be at the bottom of the barrel….Erick is the one that ufc is sleeping on!

  23. thebully84 says:

    A hahahaha he was KTFO!!!

  24. Brend0magic says:

    Just retire.

  25. Xaninho says:

    “My head wasn’t even in the (Hendricks) fight in the first place.” – Yeah right his head was bouncing off the canvas.

    “I knew what was going on the whole time.” – Yeah right, that’s why tried to mount the referee.

    “I feel like I owe him a real fight.” – Yeah right, he never fought a real fight, ususally humps the other guys leg for 3 rounds.

    “I don’t have to be a better fighter I just have to be a better showman.” – No try to actually fight for a change, instead of avoiding it.

  26. Jimmmmmmmmy says:

    MCL tear = weak chin? Fighters gotta stop making excuses especially when they don’t make sense. Whether your head was in the fight or not or your knee was torn, he made you eat his fist and you dropped Fitch. Suck it up and fight so people want to watch you and stop crying.

  27. Batwing67 says:

    I think JF has a better chance of being number one
    contender with the system already in place.

  28. david f says: he serious? all he does is complain. remember when he said he would only fight bj or george and refused to take other fights as if nobody was good enough to beat him. (johnny hendricks) he is the most borign fighter and the stabs he took at the ref and the ufc not giving the better fighter? the shot…wow. the most bitter dude. he isn’t teh best fighter anymroe. i never would have argued with his ranking being in the top 5 all the time he was there but he isn’t anymore and should accept it and improve from it. accept he made a fundamental error…nothign to do with his camp..getting hit by the strike he got hit by. for goodness sakes he got hit with the first punch johnny threw at him didn’t he? that has nohing to do with your excuses about the are just not a great striker adn don’t have grea tdefense and finally fought a style that was tough for you just like you ducked out of the aran simpson fighgt. anyone who can negate your lay and pray style where u dont even posture up and try to fnish even if you might be able to you’d rather score th epoints be safe and take the round. nobody like syou because you’re not a great fighterrrrrr. you’re great at scoring points…decent at wrestling…great at taking rounds based on loopholes in the rules of fighting that need to be chnaged. for instance i happen to know somebody who has trained with fithc and said he makes sure he lays on the guy for 3 min out of the 5 min round and doesnt try to finihs..only does justttttt enough so the ref cant stand him up and makes sure he wins his octagon control for the round…smart and makign sure he wins his money…i ahe no problem with admiting that but don’t act like you’re some one of a kind FIGHTER and rightful contestant while taking a way credit from hendricks who knocked you out cold. how can there still be excuses for being knocked out cold as far as losing. you lost bc you got knocked out cold. maybe you can have a better fight next time with ihm but the reason you lost isnt your camp…or bc u simply didnt care about the fight….you lost bc u got knocked out and if you had knocked osmoene out that way you wouldn’t complain iff the ref stopped it so dont be biased about it. look at it from the refs perspective that his job isnt to worry about wat u want or u paying ur mortgage. his job is to protect the fighters from unnecessary damage before it comes when the fight is already over. he did that. there is no dobut about it 100$ the fight shoul dhave been stopped. all jon fitch does is whine and whine when others get a shot and whine when he’s not noticed. i used to like the guy. i honestly cant wait till he retires and isn’t in the ufc anymore.

  29. CMUSMC says:

    Lots of hate for Fitch here. Yeah he was out cold definitely got KOd, but Fitch is still an incredible fighter. I’d say Fitch beats every fighter at welterweight 9/10 times except for GSP who is the best fighter technically that has ever fought. With that being said Fitch is extremely boring and for people that don’t care much for talent and only care for entertainment fitch will always be a second rate fighter.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:


  30. TJASDK says:

    Although I think he’s an idiot for saying that stuff about his head not being in the fight, I do agree that the UFC condentership status being affected by just how much of a showman you are is true.

  31. stephen riddle says:

    Why doesnt he train with jackson? What a bitch he is!

  32. Ddddddd says:

    Wow one more interview like that and
    everyone will forget about Bones’ bad
    moment. Hendricks is one of the new age
    fighters at 70 and I see Ellenberger doin
    the same thing to him. Good luck John
    Bitch or I mean Fitch.

  33. Oscar says:

    I hate Jon Fitch but he is right that’s how charl gets his title shots

  34. Keith says:

    Real fight?!?!?!?!?! All Fitch would do is lay on top of him for 3 rounds and get the decision. Jon Fitch is the epitome of an unemployed wrestler. He never goes for a finish and just looks for control. If Fitch drops his next fight he should be an unemployed wrestler….

  35. FunkyMonkey says:

    Sure I mean it was clear he wasn’t knocked out or anything, he was just completely unconscious from getting punched in the face. Let’s get the stories straight!

  36. AZ says:

    I used to like this guy when he first came up. I thought he was a hard working dude trying to get better and ha allot of grit. Now I think he is a crybaby and he is starting to bug me. He lined up with Koscheck and that was the worst move because he is a mouthy trouble maker. If Fitch was smart he would have played it like Swick is and denounced a close friendship with Koschek and get back to work on getting better instead of shooting his mouth off

  37. Xaninho says:

    This is essentially what wrestling is all about :

    • AZ says:

      Wow that’s pretty lame. If you don’t know anything about mma or fighting that’s fine, but to insinuate that it is not a very essential part of mma is proof how little you know.

  38. Jnr#1 says:

    If you are the best fighter, you will get a title shot. Too many guys like bisping wideman etc asking for a shot before really proving themselves. Fitch, you win 5 fights in a row and you’ll get a shot. Otherwise you aren’t good enough

  39. SleepingUgly says:

    Hendricks gets the winner of the welterweight unification, and can afford to sit out a couple of fights thanks to Fitch’s performance. Fitch can use this to his advantage by advertising his fight me easy money status, to lure in someone else. He can even play the Stones on the way to the ring to emphasize his stepping not rolling status.

  40. makaveli says:

    Damm fitch are you fucking serious right now! Hendricks laid your ass out, if the ref wasen’t there to stop it you would have gone 2 the hospital. I know you are a tough dude, but you sound like a lil bitch right now. You should find a small room and work on your stand up game for about a good year.

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