SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Jon Fitch of the USA looks at the big screen after the first round in his fight against BJ Penn of the USA during their welterweight bout part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
All he does is win (win, win).
Yet, UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is clueless as to why he has been passed over time after time when it comes time to hand out title shots.
Despite having one of the most impressive and successful UFC records at 13-1-1, with his only loss coming courtesy of division champion Georges St. Pierre back in 2008 at UFC 87 in his first and only title fight in the UFC, Fitch has yet to receive another crack at the crown.
Fitch, who was last seen fighting to a draw with former multi-division champ BJ Penn at UFC 127 in February of this year, has often been criticized for not finishing his opponents. In fact, nine of his 13 Octagon victories have come via decision.
Regardless of the method, Fitch gets the job done and earns the victories. Still, he tells MMAWeekly.com he just needs someone to tell him what to do in order to get a title shot:
"No one's ever come to speak to me about doing anything wrong or right or whatever, so I'm completely clueless. I have no idea what's expected of me to get the title shots. No one's ever come to me and said they don't like what I'm doing or I need to do more of something else. I'm utterly and completely clueless in that regard."
Fitch also spoke about his future plans, which include fights against the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world:
"I'm living for the fights. That's what I love. I don't think there's anybody out there who I can't beat. If I'm in shape and healthy and my timing is on, there's nobody in the world I can't beat. My goals are: one, to win the welterweight belt; two, avenge my loss to GSP; and three, I would like to move up some day and challenge Anderson (Silva) if he's still around and undefeated, just because that's the kind of person I am. I want to challenge the best. I want to go up against the best. I want to prove to everybody that I'm the best."
Very ambitious indeed.
Before Fitch can pencil in dates for Silva and St. Pierre, he has to get past a game Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is scheduled to be headlined by a monstrous main event pitting two of the biggest heavyweights in MMA, Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem.
Should he get past Hendricks, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout still has to wait his place in line for a title shot in the UFC's talent rich welterweight division. That's because Nick Diaz will get next crack at "Rush's" UFC welterweight strap at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend.
Lets just hope for Fitch's sake that he doesn't have to win another eight fights in a row like he did his first go-round before receiving a shot at UFC gold.
Do you feel that Jon Fitch is way past due a title shot given his impressive track record in the UFC? Or are you Maniacs just fine with letting him toil away on the mid-card?