Jon Fitch – UFC Fighter Profile

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Jon Fitch – MMA Stats
Matches: 26
Wins: 22
Losses: 3
No Contest: 1

Wins by Knockout: 5
Wins by Submission: 5
Wins by Decision: 12

Losses by Knockout: 1
Losses by Submission: 1
Losses by Decision: 1
John Fitch UFC Fighter

Jonathan Parker Fitch is an American MMA fighter born February 24, 1978. A 2002 graduate of Purdue University, Fitch majored in Physical Education, minoring in History. He was the team captain of his college wrestling team, under the guidance of Coach Tom Erikson.

Jon Fitch began his professional MMA career just after college. He showed great interest in the sport, and its profit potential, after meeting such mixed martial arts contenders as Gary Goodridge and Mark Coleman.
Fitch begins as a Light Heavyweight Fighter

Starting out as a Light-Heavyweight MMA fighter, Jon Fitch moved to San Jose, California to train at the American Kickboxing Academy. His stats were climbing, having defeated Alex Surdyukov, Shonie Carter and Jeff Joslin. Fitch was expected to participate in the first season of The Ultimate Fight, but the production team made a last minute decision not to showcase Fitch; an unfortunate decision that left Jon stranded at the airport with his luggage already packed on the plane. In October of 2005, he was elected to fight Brock Larson in the UFC, middleweight division. He won.

Jon Fitch dropped down to the welterweight division shortly after his defeat of Larson, winning his next six consecutive bouts. Fitch beat Thiago Alves, Diago Sanchez, Josh Burkman and Luigi Foiravanti among others and was suddenly a notable contender for the welterweight title.
Fitch Smashes on Chris Wilson

Fitch continued his reign at UFC 82 with a unanimous decision win over Chris Wilson. It was his 8th consecutive win, with no losses, since joining the UFC, tying the record of Royce Gracie. Dana White, President of the UFC, was so impressed with Jon Fitch’s prowess that he made the announcement that Fitch would face off with the winner of the welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra.

St. Pierre would go on to win versus Serra, and subsequently defeat Jon Fitch as well when they met up in UFC 87. Alas, Fitch would not yet carry the championship nor, nor would he blast through Gracie’s 8 win streak record.
Fitch is Exiled
On November 20, 2008, Fitch found himself exiled from the UFC after a dispute between him and UFC officials who wanted to feature Jon in a new “UFC Undisputed” video game. After less than 24 hours of banishment from the UFC, Fitch changed his mind. He signed the lifetime contract, wherein the UFC was allowed to use his likeness in the video game, and Jon Fitch returned to the ring.

Jon Fitch went on to abolish many more opponents including Pride Fighting Championships star Akhiro Gono at UFC 94 and Paulo Thiago at UFC 100, both by unanimous decision. Fitch’s next two major bouts were both canceled due to injuries to his intended opponents, first Ricardo Almeida at UFC 106 and then a highly anticipated rematch with Thiago Alves at UFC 107.
Fitch and Alves Rematch
Once more, Fitch was scheduled for a rematch with Thiago Alves at UFC 111, but a brain irregularity forced Alves to remain out of the ring a little bit longer. Jon Fitch instead fought and defeated Jeet Kune Do expert Ben Saunders by unanimous decision.

Yet again the two were meant to duel at UFC 15, but yet again, it did not happen. At last, it looks like Jon Fitch will get his rematch against Thiago Alves at UFC 17, scheduled for August 7, 2010.

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