"If I stop [Thiago Alves], I don't see how they could deny me a shot at GSP. At that point I would have stopped someone twice who GSP couldn't finish in five rounds, so I think that's a very strong argument for me to get a title shot. We're both fighting for another crack at GSP, so we both have something big that we want. Mentally, he's matured a great deal in that time period. He was pretty young when we fought.... His wrestling defense is much better and he's harder to take down. He's stronger and I think he's matured physically. Maybe he's a little bit slower. We'll see ... I'm a much better athlete than I was a couple years ago. I'm a much improved fighter from when I first fought, and so is he."
I'm not a huge fan of Fitch to be honest. I respect him as a fighter but as usual it's a case of GSP being so good that rematches seem pretty useless. He was dominated for 25 minutes against GSP and I don't think he has improved much since that 2008 loss to warrant a rematch.
Also, his three wins since that loss have been decisions and against Mike Pearce he was rocked in the last minute of the fight and lucky to hear the bell at the end.
A fight with Thiago Alves goes a long way to establishing who the number two in the division is, but not much more than that.
The winner of Koscheck vs. Daley has a bigger chance of getting a title shot, imo.