UFC 127 Aftermath: Dana White Says He Thought BJ Penn Beat Jon Fitch
White told ESPN.com, “I didn’t think it was a draw,” disagreeing with the final decision of the fight.
"Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There's no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn't a 10-8 round."
White is notorious for having a problem with guys who can’t finish fights, and few fighters have the propensity to grind out decisions like Jon Fitch does.
Fitch has had his past nine fights go to the scorecards, not finishing a fight since 2007, when he made Roan Carneiro tap out from a rear naked choke.
In 23 professional victories, Fitch has won 13 by decision.
White, who said that Fitch would get a welterweight title shot after his victory against Thiago Alves in August of 2010, quickly changed his tune once Jake Shields signed with the UFC.
Is a draw against BJ Penn reason enough for Fitch to get another crack at the title?
Well, the short answer is no, as far as Dana White is concerned.
"Fitch is one of these guys that goes, 'Oh, I want my respect,'" White said. "He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him, and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds—and he's crying for a title shot?"
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He concluded by saying, "You've got to get in there and decisively beat people. You have to have fans clamoring for you to fight for the title."
As long as Georges St. Pierre defeats Jake Shields and bumps up to 185, Fitch was not shy to talk about who should be fighting for the vacant welterweight belt.
"If rumors are right and GSP moves up to 185, let me and B.J. fight for the belt," Fitch said. "All I do is go out and do work and win fights. That should speak for itself."
As for BJ Penn’s stance on the rematch, he is open to it…as long as he does not retire.
He stated that his comments regarding retirement immediately after the fight were due to the frustration of the draw, but Penn also indicated there are no guarantees that he fights again.
"For me, it's the kind of things that run through your head," Penn said. "I'm 33 years old with a daughter. When am I going to stop this and go watch my daughter?"
Penn then admitted that he owes Jon Fitch a rematch if he decides to return to the octagon.
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