Now that Jon Fitch is free of the tyranny of the UFC and their obsession with fighters that aren’t boring lay-n-prayers, he’s speaking up against certain aspects of MMA he thinks are dumb. Aspects like the PPV system:
“It’s time that we bury this dinosaur that is pay-per-view,” Fitch told Bleacher Report recently. “It’s such a ridiculous thing that we live in 2013 and people still think that pay-per-view is still a viable and realistic form of selling anything.
“People just need to get on the bandwagon of free television. It starts with supporting World Series (of Fighting) on June 14 on NBC Sports Network.”
“I think we’re over it. I think it’s what killed boxing,” Fitch said. “Because they used to show boxing—a long time ago boxing used to be on ABC Sports and stuff like that. It was on free TV. Like Muhammed Ali fought on free television. When these promoters start being greedy and start seeing the money in pay-per-view, they went that route, and it really is unfair to the fans. It’s a ripoff.”
It’s so much of a ripoff, Fitch is shocked that fans still pay to see any fight on television when there are a million different ways to see things for free.
“With technology today, I don’t see how everybody doesn’t pirate it free anyways,” Fitch stated. “Just get on board for free TV, and I think that needs to be the end of pay-per-view.”
Oh, the strange world that exists inside Jon Fitch’s mind where people don’t care about exciting fighters executing amazing martial arts moves but rather three rounds of grinding and decision wins. Where free tv contracts pay promotions enough to thrive and pay their athletes a decent amount of money. What a magical place it seems to be! So completely disconnected from reality and all. No wonder Jon spent the last three years of his UFC career wondering where all the fame and title shots were.