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Old 08-18-2011, 04:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jon Fitch: "I'll fight whoever they tell me right night now"

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Jon Fitch's "Road to Recovery" is finally, mercifully, over.

That means he's been cleared by his doctors to return to full time training, which means he's now just waiting to be matched up with a worthy opponent.

And therein lies the rub. The Fitchster had previously made it clear that he would only accept fight bookings against current or former champions because he didn't want to waste anymore of his time in the cage contesting glorified cans that won't advance his career.

Can't blame him for that.

The issue there is the UFC calender is essentially full, and all the current and former champions in the welterweight division already have dates. Thankfully, though, Fitch has changed his tune and has relaxed his standards for his next opponent.

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"Everyone I really want to fight is busy, so I'll fight whoever they tell me right now. Just don't want to wait to fight."
And somewhere, Dana White is smiling ... or nodding approvingly, one or the other.

Fitch was not alone in his want for a big fight against a former top contender. Before settling on his UFC Fight Night 25 main event match-up against Jake Ellenberger, Jake Shields badly wanted to hit the mats with Fitch.

B.J. Penn had also expressed his desire to settle up on their draw from earlier this year but he was eventually placed in a potential number one contender bout against Carlos Condit.

Now that those two are busy and unavailable, that leaves few options for Fitch, who has reached a certain level that very few 170-pound fighters have attained.

So who does that leave for him to fight?

Rory MacDonald has said he will "gladly" hit the Octagon for a showdown against the perennial contender and with the current landscape of the division, that may very well be the case.
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My my...that's quite a change from what he said 2 months ago:

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I want BJ or GSP. Those are the only two guys I care (to fight) or have any interest in right now. If I (have to) sit out a year and wait for them, I’ll do it. That’s what I’m waiting to fight for."
Nice to see him getting his mindset together.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hopefully Dana offers him Koscheck

I'd like to see Fitch vs Shields though.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hopefully Dana offers him Koscheck

I'd like to see Fitch vs Shields though.
This exactly. Koscheck is the fight that makes the most sense (if he would man up and do it), but the fight I want to see him in is vs. Shields, that fight would be epic.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Did you see round 3 against BJ? The only reason I think all 3 rounds weren't like that was because BJ completely threw him off his gameplan by going for the TD first.

While Fitch does need to be more open about who he is fighting, he does still need to be picky. DW has a bad habbit of making him fight fighters that are no where near the top.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I wanted him to fight Kampmann, but he drew Story.

So, why not give book Fitch vs. Stun-Gun? He's still a decent opponent and a higher ranked guy than Johnny Hendricks, plus he could probably finish Stun Gun.
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A great fighter, just wish he starts finishing his fights.
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Fitch vs Rory MacDonald would be a good one. Hmm...I'm just glad that Fitch isn't going to walk into a contention fight after surgery. He definitely needs a warm-up fight first.
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Did you see round 3 against BJ? The only reason I think all 3 rounds weren't like that was because BJ completely threw him off his gameplan by going for the TD first.

While Fitch does need to be more open about who he is fighting, he does still need to be picky. DW has a bad habbit of making him fight fighters that are no where near the top.
It was still just one round. Every fighter is put off their gameplan by being wary of the TD but it doesn't stop a lot of them trying to have exciting fights, for every round of the fight
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Fitch vs Rory MacDonald would be a good one. Hmm...I'm just glad that Fitch isn't going to walk into a contention fight after surgery. He definitely needs a warm-up fight first.

Rory is no warm-up fight for anyone.
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