Former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch says he feels a sense of relief now that he is no longer working against people like he was during his time with the Zuffa-owned promotion and is in "happy place" now that he is helping build World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
Did you hear the one about Jon Fitch getting cut? If not, then let's go through a refresher course, shall we?
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender was cut from the Zuffa-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) fight promotion -- along with plenty of other fighters -- following a spring cleaning, if you will, from UFC President Dana White and his matchmakers.
According to White, the services of a fighter who is on the "downside" of his career like Fitch don't come cheap. Especially if they're losing, like Fitch was against Demian Maia at UFC 156. That was enough justification for the powers-that-be to set the longtime Octagon veteran free of his duties and seek employment elsewhere.
The good news? It didn't take long for the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) pupil to find a spot on World Series of Fighting's (WSOF) roster. A place where he believes he is finally working with people, as opposed to against them.
Appearing on a recent edition of "The MMA Hour," Fitch opened up about his release from UFC and says he wasn't shocked he was cut because he never felt wanted in the first place.
"I never really felt comfortable or wanted there. It was just an overall feeling, I never felt like I got a lot of attention that other people did that were doing the same thing as me. But, the important thing is that I am going to be with an organization now that I really feel we're going to get a chance to do something big."
He wasn't surprised by his release from the ranks of UFC and Fitch feels he is now in a very happy place with a sense of "relief" he hasn't felt over the last few years. Despite White's comments, he is in "no way" on the downside of his career.
"I'm actually very excited and in a very happy place right now because I feel working with World Series, I get to help build an organization and work with people, instead of kind of feeling like I'm working against people. I didn't know what was quite expected of me and I never felt right in the (UFC) organization. I think this is going to be a fresh start and something a lot better."
While Jon admits his contract with WSOF isn't as lucrative as the one afforded in UFC, he will at least have the freedom to partake in side passion projects such as grappling tournaments in order to increase his cash flow.
Things are looking up for Fitch as he is set to headline WSOF 3 sometime in June, though an opponent is still to be determined.
How about it Maniacs, will his new role as one of the faces of WSOF help Jon Fitch, the name, increase in popularity and value -- as opposed to being just another face under the UFC banner?