Jon Fitch: 'I won't be surprised if fake, worked fights like there were in Japan start happening in UFC'

Mark Kolbe

The fix may soon be in, according to one former employee.

The issue isn't whether you're paranoid Lenny. The issue is whether you're paranoid enough.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender, Jon Fitch, is speaking out against his old employer, as it continues to devalue fighters it deems "boring" ... to the point where top-ranked fighters like Jake Shields are out of work.

Unlike World Series of Fighting (WSOF), Fitch tells Bloody Elbow, a promotion which has stayed "true to the sport."

"WSOF is staying true to the sport. They're allowing it to be a sport. It's about who the best fighter is, whose game is the best and who has the best approach to winning the fight. The UFC is really going more towards entertainment; they're almost fully about entertainment now. It's almost to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if fake, worked fights like there were in Japan start happening. They're so controlling of what they want for the product, because they went the route of marketing to professional wrestling fans, and that's just not the fanbase for MMA, it's not the same, but it's easy money if they provide the level of entertainment that those people are used to, which is fake."

Fitch was cut by UFC in early 2013 because "this is a fucking sport."

The former collegiate wrestling standout will battle fellow UFC jetsam Dennis Hallman at the WSOF 11 event on Saturday night (June 5, 2014) in Daytona Beach, Florida, in a bout that will be contested at middleweight. No word yet on whether or not "Superman" has resurrected his old tights.

Nothing "entertaining" about that.

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