MMA Fighting has a series of posts up where Jon Fitch explains in his own words what Jon Fitch is all about. Since he lives in an alternative universe where he isn’t a boring blanket, he says stuff like “I think that because I bring so many tools to the table, a lot of my opponents don’t know where I’m going to go.” Then there’s his explanation for why his awesome title shot worthy improvement still isn’t visible to the naked eye:
The criticism I sometimes get for the way I fight never affects me too much. I know I’m going through a transitional phase right now and a few growing pains are to be expected. These last five fights since the title shot haven’t been perfect, but the growing pains are necessary to get where I eventually want to be. I need those experiences to be the fighter I want to be.
Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to take a leap forward. I believe that is what I have done in recent fights and I believe that in the next couple of fights you will definitely see that leap forward. It might not have been pretty before, but everything is coming together now and I’m starting to realize just how vital these last few fights have been in my overall development.
When Tiger Woods was at the top of his game, they one day decided to change his golf swing and he started losing. After a while that new golf swing began to click and Tiger started smashing everybody again and was even better than before. It just took him a little while to adapt to the changes and trust the direction he was going in.
I’m in exactly the same position right now. I trust where I’m going and never expected it to be easy or pretty. So long as I get there in the end, that’s all that matters and that’s all people will remember…
See … Jon Fitch is just going through Fight Puberty right now! And the scary thing: if GSP gives up his belt and moves to 185, Fitch is probably going to be the guy that takes it and holds it until someone can figure out how to defeat the oh so diverse set of tools he brings to the table. Namely his deadly five round humpty hump.