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Jon Fitch: Moving up to middleweight would be 'like a two-year process'

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Props MMA Weekly:

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"It would be like a two year process for me to move up a weight class because I have unfinished business at 170. The thing is I would move up if Josh would win the title and defend it. So he’d have to hold on to it for a while. You’re talking about almost a year right there, with a win and defense. In that time I could fight GSP non-title, I could fight Jake Shields, I could fight Martin Kampmann, I could fight Carlos Condit. All those guys could be fought already, and after that there’s not much left to do in front of me. Then that would be the optimum time I would be looking for other challenges if I want to move up a weight class. If there’s no one else for me to compete with at 170 other than Koscheck, I’m going to move up."

Former welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch makes it known that he still has no plans to fight his friend and training partner, Josh Koscheck. In fact, he believes that even if "Kos" defeats Georges St. Pierre for the title at UFC 124, there would still be a few fights left for him in the 170-pound division. Since making his way into the UFC in 2005, Fitch has racked up an impressive 13 wins with just one loss, all but one of which was contested at welterweight. Is the fact that there are a few fights left for him enough reason to stay in the division? Or should he move up a weight class and try his luck with the middleweights of the promotion sooner rather than later?

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