While news that Jon Fitch was fired by the UFC was met with celebration by some, others seemed kinda upset. While it seems kinda callous to react to someone losing their job with glee, the confusion and outrage being conveyed by half the internet also seems kinda overblown. If you don’t instinctively understand why Jon Fitch got cut, then maybe you need some Joe Rogan brain pills. It’s also why no one is surprised that Bjorn Rebney isn’t rushing to sign Fitch either:
We have a stacked welterweight division right now. We have a lot of guys that we are developing that we anticipate are going to be world class fighters and break the top ten. We want to keep guys busy. We want to keep guys inside the cage and we have a plan in terms of the next year and who is going to be apart of the tournaments and it’s just not the time.
This is only the beginning too, according to Dana White:
“We have 470-something guys on contract, ok? We have over 100 guys too many on the roster right now. The blood has not all been spilled yet. There’s more coming. There’s 100 more guys that are going to go. We are only as good as our last fight. All of us. Me, the UFC and the fighters, we all feel it, when you have a bad fight and you go on a skid, it’s not good for any of us.”
So 375 fighters on the roster was enough. Unfortunately, the UFC is 100 fighters away from that. This means we’re like one sixth of the way through what may be remembered as the Great Fighter Purge of 2013.