Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Swinging from Roy Nelson's nuts.
To all the people claiming Fitch is boring, you really have to go back and actually watch his fights. These guys he takes down pull guard and hold onto his hands for 3 rounds. THEY make the fights boring.
If everyone just lay there like Silva in round three, Fitch would look like a beast in all his fights. It`s easy to look like a badass when your opponent mentally checks out and just lies there like a dead fish, it`s a bit harder when they`re content to lose a decision and hold you hands the whole fight.
There`s been so many Fitch fights where he clearly won rounds one and two and his opponent was content to just hang on in round three. If those opponents had been scrambling and giving up their backs and trying to actually get up and fight him, they would have been leaving those openings for the chokes and the GnP. It`s easy to blame the guy on top when a ground battle is boring, but sometimes you have to look at the guy on the bottom and think, why isn`t he trying to get up?
Fitch came out a bit more aggressive tonight, but he was also fighting a guy who played right into his game and then folded mentally when he didn`t get his way. Most guys Fitch fights don`t do that. Fitch has been fighting the best of the best for years and beating them, they`re the best of the best because unlike Silva, they don`t just give up when they`re losing and let him hit them.
Go back early in his career, Fitch has 10 stoppages because he was fighting guys like Silva who couldn`t defend the onslaught and just lay there.
It's all about matchups. There are loads of guys at 170 that the UFC could feed to Fitch and Fitch will beast them just like tonight and the UFC can hype Fitch up for another title shot. The problem is Dana publicly states he doesn't like Fitch and he's not about to give him fights that make him look good.
See, Dana likes Silva, and I guarantee he isn't going to give Silva any more fights with guys with Fitch's skill set for a while. He'll give him a bunch of guys who don't have the wrestling ability to take him down and don't have the striking to hang with him so Silva can run around throwing flashy kicks and shit and looking like a killer.
But if the UFC gives Fitch the right opponents, they can build him up like the beast he is. Spoiler alert: they won't do it. And iirc it's all over some stupid f****** beef with Dana over licensing rights and a f****** video game. Fitch punked Dana like 5 years ago and Dana's fragile little ego has never recovered from it.
Last edited by RearNaked; 10-14-2012 at 03:06 AM.