Losses for professional athletes in any sport are always hard to swallow, often haunting them for years when the stakes are high.
Fitch went toe-to-toe with "The Prodigy" in the main event at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia, back in Feb. 2011. At the end of three rounds, the judges felt neither fighter had done enough to outpoint the other, resulting in a dead-even draw, even though Fitch absolutely dominated the final frame.
It's an outcome that the Purdue Boilermaker alum would love to correct, revealing during today's (June 6, 2013) World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 media conference call (see highlights here) that it still stings. And once he settles the score with the Hawaiian, Fitch disclosed that he would next target UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
That's because, according to the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained fighter, he gave the French-Canadian sensation the "best run" for his 170-pound title to date.
"I'd like to avenge all of them, but the draw is the worst because it's just left unanswered. Almost a loss is better. I don't know. I always feel like if it comes to a draw, you have to fight one more round and the fact that I was supposed to get a rematch and lost the rematch to injury and it really sucks. That's the one fight that I want overall. The next is Georges St. Pierre because he is who he is and I felt like I've given him the best run for his belt that he's had."
Fitch and St. Pierre locked horns at UF7 87 almost five years ago with "Rush" getting the better of the exchanges after a five-round battle. It was a match up that earned "Fight of the Night" honors, however, the scorecards (50-44, 50-43, 50-44) illustrated that the fight was rather lopsided.
Regardless, either of these two rematches are highly unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future because Fitch no longer competes under the UFC umbrella. He was released from the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion earlier this year on the heels of back-to-back losses, getting scooped up by the upstart WSOF organization.
And even though it might not be the rematch for which he pines, Fitch has a tough challenge ahead of him when he collides with Josh Burkman for a second time in his career in the main event of WSOF 3, which takes place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 14, 2013.