Seeking to avoid impending death, Jon Fitch foolishly tries to switch opponents

“You think this was bad, you should me after the Silva fight.”

As it stands right now, Jon Fitch is slated to take on Erick Silva at UFC 153 in Rio. Yet, after it was announced that Rory McDonald suffered a bad cut in training and had to pull out of his UFC 152 bout with BJ Penn, Fitch made the curious decision to call out BJ, “He should fight me in Rio.”

Now, at first glance it may seem that Fitch is merely fishing for the biggest fight possible. After all, BJ, even in semi-retirement, is still swinging a big stick. His name means something. But look beneath the surface.

If you were Jon Fitch would you want to face Erick Silva? I know I wouldn’t. This is not your ordinary, garden-variety welterweight. Silva is an absolute killer. With explosive striking, homicidal instincts, top notch BJJ and impressive takedown defense, this is a fighter who is almost certain to one day hold a title. Along with Rory McDonald, Silva represents the future of the UFC welterweight division.

Fitch is in the midst of a career stalemate of sorts. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a rough night out for almost anyone at 170. With a UFC record of 13-2-1, the dude is no joke. But at 34 years old, he’s been around for what seems like an eternity in this sport. He’s an elder. The next generation is coming up, and Silva is at the forefront of that attack. They’re looking to phase out guys like Fitch.

And presumably, so is the UFC. It’s no secret that Fitch isn’t their favorite son. The dude has a rep as a boring fighter, and once you get that rep, and earn it as Fitch has, they’re not going to do you any solids.

Fitch’s fate was sealed the moment Erick Silva signed on the dotted line. But now that Fitch has insulted Silva’s honor by implying that he is somehow not in his league with his weird BJ Penn fight request, Fitch as we know him may be over. Silva is a killer, and Fitch cannot handle a killer at this stage of his career, let alone a killer who feels disrespected. Silva was going to beat Fitch regardless. Now he may just decide to put a hurtin’ on him.

  • Nachtfalter

    If you’d get off Silva’s nutsack for a second, you might realize that he hasn’t really done shit yet. He looked impressive, yes, and he may very well be in title contention one day, but slow the fuck down for a second. Luis Ramos and Carlo Prater are complete cans (in a UFC context) and Charlie Brenneman, while a good wrestler, has striking skills that Royce Gracie would be ashamed of. His striking defense, especially, is on par with a toddler covering his eyes with his hands hoping the dude who’s about to knock him out won’t be able to see him anymore.

    Maybe Silva will amount to something but it’s waaaaaaaay to early to tell. Houston Alexander looked like a killer in his first two UFC fights, too.

  • Reverend Clint

    anytime a brazilian is supposed to be the next mma jesus i immediately discount them

  • Letibleu

    plus one for the houston alexander reference

  • glassjawsh

    id be willing to bet anyone fitch just wrestle fucks his way to a lopsided decision

  • DarnFiddlesworth

    “…a toddler covering his eyes with his hands hoping the dude who’s about to knock him out won’t be able to see him anymore.”

    I found this playfully descriptive passage to be quite humorous and chuckled to myself pleasantly with satisfaction.

    Bravo Sir.

  • bosswell

    I wouldn’t count Fitch out. I promise Fitch won’t win the fight with anything but a decision, but I bet he’ll hump out a victory. You don’t see a lot of Brazilians that can handle elite wrestling. JDS is one of the only exceptions I can think of. There just isn’t the same talent pool of wrestling there, and bjj doesn’t work as well when the guy is trying to stall.

  • Blackula Jonez

    This will be Indio’s first fight against an elite or top 10 opponent, I will save my judgement of his skillls until then.

    That being said I hope he scalps Fitch. Then he can get his rematch with BJ or go to strikeforce but good lord get him off of main cards in the UFC.

  • frickshun

    Good lord.

  • Márcio

    Johny Hendricks is my hero.

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