UFC 111: Sorry Jon Fitch, You Shouldn't Get a Title Shot After That
Jon Fitch earned yet another win at UFC 111 be grinding out a three round unanimous decision win over Ben Saunders.
The fight confirmed what most people already knew, in that Jon Fitch has an outstanding top game that anyone not named Georges St.Pierre can't seem to deal with. he repeatedly took Saunders down and kept constant pressure and control on the former Ultimate Fighter contestant.
Fitch is a highly impressive 12-1 in his UFC career and I am sure that he feels having now gone on a four fight win streak since his lop sided defeat to the current Welterweight Champion GSP, that he has earned another crack at the title. Unfortunately the answer from the UFC to that request should be and I think it will be a resounding NO.
The problem is that as great as Jon Fitch undoubtedly is he is single handedly one of the most boring fighters to watch. Tonight watching UFC 111 amongst a fairly MMA educated audience, I witnessed visible yawns and an attempt by many to strike up mindless conversation why they waited for the duration of the fight to expire.
Why bother to watch Jon Fitch?
Its pretty obvious that the fight is going to be a unanimous decision win for Fitch, right? Now I know many of you will be asking what's the problem with Fitch? I mean it's not his fault that he can't seem to finish fights and its up to the other fighter to stop his takedowns and top control.
Well to a point, yes you are correct in thinking that, however I for one and I think the UFC top brass will disagree.
At the end of the day the UFC is a business built on selling PPV's and Jon Fitch does not sell PPV's, plain and simple. Fitch gives me no reason to want to watch him fight and I know that will be the opinion of many casual UFC fans. Like it or not, that is a problem for the UFC. It's why so called "undeserving" fighters like Dan Hardy are getting given title shots over a fighter like Jon Fitch.
Fitch is easily the most deserving of a title shot, but what has he done to make anyone think that a re-match with GSP would be any different to the first time they met.
So having watched UFC 111 tonight it's hard to argue that Jon Fitch is probably the No.2 ranked Welterweight in the world after yet another dominating display over Ben Saunders. However the issue is that I don't think that is enough nowadays and therefore I think Fitch shouldn't get a title shot anytime soon.
Like it or not, there is an entertainment aspect to the UFC business and Jon Fitch provides very little!
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