Talk about a hostile work environment.
Jon Fitch held a 14-3-1 record in his seven and a half year UFC career, earning a title shot and regularly holding the number two ranked position in the unofficial welterweight rankings, but that didn't score him any points with his superiors.
The American Kickboxing Academy standout had to fight tooth and nail to earn his title shot against Georges St. Pierre, and when he came up short, the dream was likely over.
That's what happens when you have a smothering wrestling style that neutralizes everyone you face, including popular strikers like Thiago Alves and more.
When Fitch suffered a rough patch, going 1-2-1 over a period of four fights,he was released from his contract and quickly scooped up by World Series of Fighting. In his debut fight with the promotion next month (June 14, 2013), he'll be competing in the main event against Josh Burkman. He tells Bleacher Report that it's nice to be a part of a promotion that actually wants to push him for once.
"I'm going to show everybody what I'm capable of with support behind me. It's going to be really nice to fight for an organization that is pushing and promoting me instead of trying to hold me back and put me down."
Despite his tremendous run of victories in the UFC, holding win streaks of eight and five wins respectively, he never felt any job security heading into a fight.
"There wasn't a fight I went into where I didn't feel as if I was fighting for my job. If I didn't win I was going to be fired. Every fight I had before was not just a fight against the guy in front of me but a fight against the people putting on the show."
With promoter Ray Sefo having his back completely, Fitch is hoping to capitalize on the good vibes heading into his first fight outside the UFC in nearly eight years.
"People can expect to see the best of Jon Fitch. No filters. No worries other than the fight in front of me and I think that is going to bring out the best Jon Fitch you've seen."