Three Reasons to Root for Jon Fitch at UFC 156

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Three Reasons to Root for Jon Fitch at UFC 156
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Many times in life you have a year that you would like to have back and just start over.

The year of 2012 can be described as that for Jon Fitch. The welterweight had ended 2011 with a 12-second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 141.

Fitch must have been chomping at the bit to get that taste out of his mouth and was supposed to face Aaron Simpson at UFC on Fuel TV 4 last July. Fitch suffered a partially torn ACL, however, and had to bow out of the fight.

The former title contender did get a fight in this year, as Fitch won fight of the night with his victory over Erick Silva at UFC 153 last October.

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter kicks off his 2013 early, as he squares off on Saturday against Demian Maia in a key welterweight bout on the main card of UFC 156.

This is a big fight in the welterweight division, with the winner moving a step closer to a title shot and the loser getting severely pushed back in a stacked division.

If Fitch wants to get another crack at the belt, a win is a necessity on Saturday.

Let's take a look at the reasons you should root for Jon Fitch at UFC 156.

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