Here’s Jon Fitch saying some dumb stuff and Midsy encouraging him for some reason:
“If I stop [Thiago Alves], I don’t see how they could deny me a shot at GSP,” Fitch said on HDNet’s Inside MMA. “At that point I would have stopped someone twice that GSP couldn’t finish in five rounds, so I think that’s a very strong argument for me to get a title shot.”
On merit, Fitch has a very good argument: If he beats Alves he’s indisputably the No. 2 welterweight in the world, and if he stops Alves, it’ll be his second time doing so. Fitch previoulsy beat Alves by second-round TKO in 2006. When you’re the No. 2 guy in the world and you’ve stopped the No. 3 guy twice, you’ve got a good case that you deserve a fight with the No. 1 guy.
There’s two problems here: number one, Fitch hasn’t stopped anyone since 2007. Since then all five of his wins have been decisions, even the ones where he’s faced guys you need to hit the Top 20 ranking lists to find. Even beating the third ranked welterweight doesn’t make up for his history of being completely unable to finish anyone.
Number two, GSP’s got Fitch’s number – remember him dialing that shit repeatedly on his face for five rounds? Too many people only seem to remember that the Fitch / GSP fight was a decision and forget that Georges literally pulverized Fitch brutally from the opening bell to the final one.
…and so on and so on for five rounds of brutal ass-kickery.
If Jon had shown any signs of improvement that would make a rematch against GSP relevant, then I’d be all for it. But there has been no Nate Marquardt style blossoming, only more stinky deliberate and unimpressive decisions.