Who are we kidding?
I mean, yeah, Fitch is supposed to face GSP again if he beats BJ Penn, but consider the option of Fitch living up to his word and actually finishing BJ, then ask yourself two questions:
1. Does Dana White really feel that Fitch will have earned his rematch with GSP, or did he just put the title shot as a stipulation just so people will pretend that the Welterweight division isn't mostly cleared out?
2. Is Fitch really going to get any more respect by finishing BJ Penn than he did from going three rounds with Thiago Alves?
Personally, my answer to that second question was "no", because no matter if Fitch does finish an opponent or not, he's never losing the reputation of being a "lay and pray fighter".
He could make us wonder if the guy he knocks out or submits was really BJ Penn or if that was really Fitch who got the "W", but it wouldn't matter because at the end of the day, people aren't going to be sold on the fact that Fitch can win a fight without taking it the distance.
They know that he's likely going to grind out other people, come out with a decision win, and in the case of BJ Penn, they'll pretend that BJ should call it a career when the truth is that he's still got enough in him to put on consistently good performances against the best Welterweights in the UFC.
Either way, Fitch is still going to be considered a lay-and-pray fighter regardless of how he wins against BJ.
Oh, and the title shot?
It'll be talked about, but he won't get it until he finishes off someone in the lower-tier that is overhyped to where we're supposed to believe they can actually beat Fitch.
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