Say what you like about Jon Fitch, but the man is a force to be reckoned with at 170 pounds. He displayed that in his latest fight in February against B.J. Penn. In the third round, he battered Penn to the point where many people felt it was a 10-8 round. Even though that fight ended in a draw, Fitch showed he can hang with the best fighters out there.
Since he joined the UFC, he is 13-1-1. If you look at that record, two things come to mind. The first is that he is a dominant fighter—Fitch wears opponents down and uses power wrestling to break them.
The second thing to recognize is the draw and the loss. Those two bouts were against Georges St-Pierre and B.J. Penn. Not only are these two fighters a couple of the best, but they both have very good standing strikes. Fitch clearly could be champion if he improved his hands. If Fitch could have stood his ground more and countered in the first round of his bout with Penn, he may have won that fight.
Freddie Roach would be of great assistance to Fitch. I really think that would be a great idea for Jon. He is already an absolute force when trying to secure a takedown and he is relentless in his ground control. His boxing is just lacking. Roach could show Fitch things about boxing that he would have not thought of. Just a few new techniques would greatly improve the chances of Jon Fitch winning the welterweight title.
Could Jon beat GSP? Not now, he could not. But if he improved his striking, it is not out of the realm of possibility. Freddie Roach could be an asset who would help Fitch solve the puzzle that is "Rush" St-Pierre.