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The view from Jon Fitch’s brain

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.

  • Reverend Clint

    are his balls gonna finally drop?

  • subo

    Jon Fitch is probably the best WW in the world not named Georges St Pierre.

  • Take It Easy

    cant wait to see bj penn beat him and see the faggot tears streaming down his face as he realizes hell never see live television ever again

  • subo

    Take It Easy, you can’t be that delusional.  Fitch will win three minutes of the first two rounds and not get subbed in the third.

  • Letibleu

    3 words: Jake Shields


  • Take It Easy

    jon fitch regularly drops rounds against fighters much shittier than bj penn

    2011 is the year internet darlings die

  • Omomatta

    I see Fitch coming out for this one wearing knee pads and a singlet. I’d love to see BJ KO or sub him……….But come the fuck on….how’s that conceivably going to happen?

  • Strike Or Submit

    Well, at least we know Fitch isn’t using a ghost writer . . .


    He’s very good at winning, not the greatest fighter though.

  • G Funk

    Fitch is an internet darling??? Stupid wrong.

  • CAP

    I just want to see if BJ gets overwhelmed at 170 again. But would love to see him KO or sub Fitch and eliminate some chaffing.

  • GypsyCurse

    “Namely his deadly five round humpty hump.”

    Not to be confused with GSP’s deadly five round humpty hump. Or five round jabbity jab.

    At least Jon Fitch looks like he’s incompetently trying to finish, instead of being easily capable of doing so and choosing not to.

  • Letibleu

  • ghostboner

    Poor Fitch. Dude gets no love. Except from me. And kinda from Subo. I think FItch’s striking is hugely underrated (likely because it has been MIA for a couple years) and he would give GSP a much better test that Kos just did. I’m not sayin he would win, but for hells sake give the guy another shot. He was willing to completely alienate Dana and the fans via repeated decision to get it, and that is some dedication. Besides, if Fitch gives him a run for his money, or (gasp) takes the title, he will save GSP from an early death at the hands of Anderson.

    Also, did Reem Hadouchen change his name to Take It Easy? Isn’t he a little young for an Eagles tribute?

  • ghostboner

    Thanks Letibleu for reminding me why Fitch’s striking went MIA for a few years.

    Edit – That photo also shows us why B.J. has little to no chance of winning this fight. Honestly, can someone come up with a scenario in which B.J. wins? Other that pulling off his Matt Hughes trick twice in a row? And how likely is that?

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    John Fitch fights are always in fast forward. Is there any other way to watch them?
    I assume LIVE the beer line is [insert something long]

  • glassjawsh

    ^ LIKE MY DICK! (you pretty much forced my hand)

  • Letibleu

    ^^I heard theinsaneone farts wet. We now know why.^^


  • Predator8u

    Fitch needs to change camp he’s Plateaued at AKA same with Kos and Skeletor(swift)

  • Reverend Clint


  • iamphoenix

    i’d rather not watch another fitch fight ever again.

  • scissors61

    jon fitch regularly drops rounds against fighters much shittier than bj penn

    preach that shit! Penn for the motherfuckin’ win

  • frickshun

    ^^Nah Skizz, he fights DOWN to his opponents level (see Ellenburgs & Wilson). I dig the guy even though he can be a bit boring. He’ll find a way to win. Just his will NOT TO TAP will be enough.

  • drewster55

    BJ can’t beat GSP – its been proven. how is he going to beat the other huge WW like Fitch or Shislds? all three of those guys fight the same style fight – BJ will be in a whole heap of shit on saturday

    but if penn wins – he makes a good case for a rematch with GSP  -but that wouldnt happen for atleast another 1.5 years (silva fight) – but penn will lose and likely retire – which is lame

    i fear this card will be a snoozer

  • Blackula Jonez

    Mma fans need to start noticing the specifics of fighters and there styles. Bj gets out wresled by dynamic athletic wrestlers (like gsp and frankie) a slower but just as skilled wrestler like fitch is not going to have an easy time with him.

    Fitch has also lost rounds to fighters like mike pierce and paulo thiago, so bj winning this fight is not the long shot most people will lead you to believe.

    Don’t be surprised if bj finishes fitch.

  • ghostboner

    I will be very surprised if B.J beats Fitch. How does he finish him? Ko? After GSP battered his skull for 5 rounds with no ko, I don’t see that happening. Sub? Gimmie a break. B.J’s jew jits is tits, but when was the last time anyone subbed Fitch? (and he has spent alot of time in people’s guards) Shields in that grappling tournament in like 6 years ago? No sub. Decision???? Na player, that is homecourt for Fitch. This fight is a shitty match for B.J.

    Years from now people will look back and say Fitch was screwed out of a title shot. He will win, and Dana will say no one wants to see Fitch vs GSP 2, and GSP is moving up to MW. GSP will get beat by Anderson, and spend the rest of his career trying to get another shot at Anderson while Fitch dominates the WW division, and people will start saying “I wonder if he could have beat GSP in a rematch.” I consulted Nostradamus, and this is what he said.

  • Billytk

    I agree Fitch is absolutely the #2 WW in the world and deserves more respect then he gets, personally I think Shields should have had to fight Fitch before being handed a title shot especially after his weak debut.

  • ghostboner

    Shields def should have had to fight Fitch or at least someone else after that Kampmann debacle.

    I just watched Fitch’s interview with Ariel, he looks smaller than normal. That could be good if he has less to cut, but it also has me kind of worried. Hope his veggiefest diet isn’t gonna mess up his mojo.

  • subo

    ^ That Thiago stat is misleading – he and Sanchez rolled like hell.  Paulo has super legit jits and fucking dwarfs BJ size-wise and he got decisioned.  Badly.

  • subo

    ^ That Thiago stat is misleading – he and Sanchez rolled like hell.  Paulo has super legit jits and fucking dwarfs BJ size-wise and he got decisioned.  Badly.

  • Take It Easy

    Paulo also sucks shit

  • ghostboner

    Ok Jawsh, so you’re saying that because Fitch wins alot of decisions, he won’t win a decision? That’s like saying that because I have chlamydia, if I spell it with a k then the antibiotics won’t work. Based on Fitch’s past performances, it seems pretty safe to say that he is a favorite to win, and to do it via decision.

    Comparing GSP-Kos and GSP-Fitch is inaccurate because Kos ate 5 rounds of jabs, where Fitch ate everything GSP had in the arsenal. I do love that gif though. As for the quality of Fitch’s competition, it’s true, Dana hates Fitch so he loves to give him opponents who do nothing for him, but would likely have gotten a title shot had they beaten him i.e. Saunders and Thiago. But if you’re so confident of a B.J. victory then put some cash down on him and let me know how that works out for ya.

  • G Funk

    ^ HA ghostbonner has khlamydia!

  • glassjawsh

    @ ghostboner – i wasn;t saying anything about how or if fitch will win, i was just saying that your premise for giving BJ zero chance was flawed. dude’s got more tools in the shed than anyone Fitch has faced other than GSP.

    and betting on money on mma is retarded. i prefer my wagers to be feces related

    @ Subo – im nearly 100% certain that Paulo nearly finished Fitch in the first round and lost 29-28 on all cards

    edit: unless you were talking about the Sanchez – Thiago fight. which means that you somehow consider the best fight i saw all of last year a domination. which is curious at best. also curious is how you can use a fight involving diego freaking sanchez to discredit BJ Penn as long as this —-> exists

    or maybe i just missed your point entirely

  • ghostboner

    @ G funk – I spelled it with a c so the antibiotics should work.

    @jawsh – You’ll get no argument from me on that. B.J. definitely has all the tools. Also, I forgot to mention that Fitch choked out Roan Carniero, who is considered a quality jits guy.

  • glassjawsh

    Roan Carniero got triangled by Kevin Burns KEVIN FUCKING BURNS. i wish i had bigger font to type that. JITS FAIL!!

  • ghostboner

    He did? Oh shit. Ok, well uh, Dave Camarillo gave Fitch a black belt in “Guerilla Jiu Jitsu”?