Jon Fitch News

Exclusive MMA Interviews

Pro fighters make their picks for Rory MacDonald vs Jon Fitch

Cole Shelton - April 26, 2019

In the main event of Bellator 220, Rory MacDonald will look to defend his welterweight title against Jon Fitch. Not only will MacDonald be putting his belt on the line, but it will also be the last matchup of the first round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Ahead of the fight, reached out to several pro fighters to get their picks for the fight. And, they all are leaning one way.

Bellator 220
Benson Henderson

More reasons to watch Bellator 220

Mike Straus - April 24, 2019

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) isn’t the only show streaming live Saturday night as Bellator 220 will go head to head with the MMA juggernaut. While Bellator has a habit of filling up the undercard with local fighters to help move ticket sales, that often times affects the quality of fights the fans get. There’s no denying the strength of the five-fight main card that will stream live via DAZN. However, the prelims fall a bit short of what one would expect from a card of this magnitude.

Jon Fitch
Exclusive MMA Interviews

EXCLUSIVE | Jon Fitch preparing to shock the world in Bellator 220 main event

Cole Shelton - April 23, 2019

Jon Fitch is fighting for the Bellator welterweight title on Saturday night, in the last first-round bout of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. The 41-year-old, who is 1-0 inside the Bellator cage, will be taking on the champion Rory MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 220. Although Fitch is the underdog heading into this fight, the veteran is more than ready to do what he has to do to win.

Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch

Jon Fitch responds to PED accusations from Firas Zahabi

Tom Taylor - April 23, 2019

Last week, Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi went off on Rory MacDonald’s UFC 220 opponent Jon Fitch, accusing the former World Series of Fighting welterweight champion of PED use. Speaking on The MMA Hour on Monday, Jon Fitch responded to these comments from Zahabi.

Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch

Jon Fitch doubts PFL winners will receive their $1 million prizes

Tom Taylor - January 28, 2019

On New Years, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) crowned the winners of its first-ever season. The winners in each division were handed world title belts and million-dollar checks. Yet in the opinion of Jon Fitch, who held the welterweight title when the PFL was still called World Series of Fighting, those checks might never clear. “I think those guys who won the tournament are going to be thinking about, ‘What happened to my million?” Fitch said backstage at Bellator 214 (via MMAjunkie). “I don’t have any faith that those guys are going to get paid their full amount.”

Rory MacDonald
Jon Fitch

Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch to collide in Bellator Grand Prix bout in April

Tom Taylor - January 23, 2019

At long last, we’ve got a date for the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix fight between reigning welterweight champion Rory MacDonald and former World Series of Fighting champ Jon Fitch. According to a report from MMA Fighting, the two welterweight great are set to collide on April 27 in San Jose, California.

Rory MacDonald
Jon Fitch

Scott Coker shares timeframe for Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch fight

James Lynch - December 13, 2018

With another welterweight tournament matchup happening this weekend, the big question has been when champion Rory MacDonald will face Jon Fitch in the final first-round tournament bout. Bellator President Scott Coker provided some clarity on the issue when speaking to MMAJunkie this week in Hawaii.

Jon Fitch
Exclusive MMA Interviews

EXCLUSIVE | Jon Fitch on Rory MacDonald matchup: 'I’ll just fight him where I want'

Cole Shelton - October 10, 2018

Bellator is getting back in the business of tournaments. With Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix in the semi-finals this weekend, the Welterweight Grand Prix just started the opening round. One of the eight fighters in the tournament is UFC veteran and former WSOF champion, Jon Fitch. Fitch will be taking on current Bellator 170-pound champion Rory MacDonald in the opening round of the tournament. If Fitch is to win, not only will he advance but he will become the new Bellator welterweight champion.

Jon Fitch
Paul Daley

BREAKING | Paul Daley Staying Put, Welcomes Jon Fitch to Bellator

Drake Riggs - March 2, 2018

Bellator’s newest acquisition has his debut opponent. Bellator announced during the Bellator 195 broadcast that former WSOF/PFL welterweight champion, Jon Fitch will be debuting against Bellator staple, Paul “Semtex” Daley in the co-main event of Bellator 199 on May 12. The event will be headlined by the heavyweight Grand Prix matchup between Bellator light heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader and Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal. Recently, it sounded like Daley was but all done with Bellator when he posted this on his Facebook in January:

Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch

BREAKING | UFC Veteran Jon Fitch Signs With Bellator

Justin Golightly - March 1, 2018

When you talk about UFC’s welterweight division, you can’t mention it without bringing up Jon Fitch. He was never able to capture the title, but he damn near came close before falling short against Georges St-Pierre and ending his 16-fight win streak and still maintains a slot as one of the best 170-pounders ever. Eventually, he’d move on and become the PFL (formerly WSOF) welterweight champion, now he’s about to enter yet another chapter. As first reported by MMA Fighting, Jon Fitch has officially signed to Bellator. “Unfortunately, yes [I believe choosing a promotion is like picking your poison] because it’s not a real sport. MMA is not a real sport, it’s a production. There is no meritocracy, there is no if you beat this guy, you do this and you move forward. it’s casting. Their casting roles of TV shows, which is why we’re lobbying to try to get the Ali Act expanded to cover MMA because we’ll have sanctioning bodies, we’ll have an actual third party rankings system, and we’ll have some protections economically with our contracts. Basic, basic stuff that we don’t have.”

Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch

Bellator reportedly eyeing another big name welterweight in Jon Fitch

Tom Taylor - February 5, 2018

As the home of stars like Rory MacDonald, Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, Lorenz Larkin, and Fernando Gonzales, Bellator’s welterweight division is arguably its best division outright. From the sounds of it, this stacked division could get a little bit better soon, as former World Series of Fighting welterweight champion and long-time UFC contender Jon Fitch claims he’s in talks with the promotion. Fitch made this announcement on his official YouTube channel.

Jon Fitch retires

VIDEO | Jon Fitch hints at retirement, cites "funny reading" on brain MRI

Tom Taylor - January 1, 2017

Jon Fitch Post Fight Interview #WSOFNYE — PFL (@PFLMMA) December 31, 2016