UFC 141: Dana White Says Jon Fitch Needs 'a Bit of a Reality Check'

First LastCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  UFC President Dana White speaks during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Heading into UFC 141, which features the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar taking on Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, the main card matchup between Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks hasn't been getting a lot of attention. Fans just don't seem to care.

Fitch enters the bout with a 23-3-1 record, including 13 victories coming within the Octagon. His only loss in the UFC came against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Hendricks is 6-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming against Rick Story. He rebounded from that loss with two back-to-back wins over Mike Pierce and TJ Waldburger.

UFC president Dana White gave his thoughts on Fitch as a fighter during a pre-fight interview with MMAfighting.com's Ariel Helwani.

"The problem with Jon Fitch is you hear the same thing from everybody about Jon Fitch—If I want to get to sleep and I can't get to sleep at night, I'll put in a Jon Fitch fight. Whatever you think—Jon Fitch is one of the best 170-pounders in the world. And yes, he's in the hunt for a title again, but find one person that will tell you they love a Jon Fitch fight, it's the most exciting thing they've ever seen and they just get so excited for it. So when you say that you have a fight like Cerrone and Diaz on the card and a guy with a record like (Fitch's) is on and people aren't jumping out of their seats for that fight, I think Jon needs to have a little bit of a, you know—he's got to be a little honest with himself and have a little bit of a reality check."

Full video interview with White available here.