UFC Nightmare Vs. Fan Dream Match: The Jon Fitch/Georges St Pierre Rematch, Pt.1
Jon Fitch has career MMA record of 23-3-1.
Fitch is undefeated in 6 fights since January 31 2009.
Under the UFC banner, he has lost only once in 15 fights. That loss, during UFC 87 title fight, was a unanimous decision in favor of George "Rush" St. Pierre. Going into that fight against GSP, Fitch was 8-0. That has been his only UFC title fight to date.
At UFC 127, he faced a legend in BJ Penn, with the winner earning the privilege to face the winner of the Jake Shields/George St. Pierre title bout slated for UFC 129. The fight was ruled a majority draw.
However, after his latest performance and despite his record, Jon Fitch's chances of winning a title in UFC are getting slimmer by the second.
To his credit, Fitch has been victorious and his record exemplary. However, the fact remains that he keeps winning by decision. He hasn't put an opponent away since submitting Roan Carneiro via rear naked choke back in 2007. That's four years. Like it or not, that's something the UFC isn't looking to reward.
Dana White preaches that even though he loves the spectacle, UFC isn't about sensational finishes. That it's all about fighters winning and giving it their all. Leaving nothing in the octagon. But we all know the truth.
When asked about the majority draw decision at UFC 127, Dana White told ESPN that he felt Penn won the fight. That he “didn’t think it was a draw,” and despite the judges' scorecards, he himself scored the first two rounds for Penn, thus winning the fight. White also stated "There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that it wasn’t a 10-8 round. You’ve got to get in there and decisively beat people. You have to have fans clamoring for you to fight for the title.”
Quite the contradiction from his earlier position.
No doubt that White and the people at Zuffa pray for devastating knockouts and/or unbelievable submissions every time UFC matchmaker Joe Silva builds a PPV card. Why else do they give bonuses for Submission and Knockout of the Night?
Obviously Fitch doesn't fit that plan...but he's not the only one.
Silva has gone on record in the past about how he builds main events. In regards to his matchmaking philosophy, he focuses on athleticism and fighter record. That the goal is to give the UFC competitive matchups. But fans can obviously read between the lines. After all the UFC is also a business that wants to make money. To do so you need draws, fighters that show the ability to bring in viewers.
To have a fighter like Fitch beat Penn and, for arguments sake, have GSP beat Shields, it would give the UFC an end result they are probably not prepared for. Something that they realize is on the horizon and that soon must be dealt with.
How do you sell TWO non-finishers headlining a major a card?
That's right, RUSH CAN'T FINISH!!!
To be continued...
Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.
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