Despite a 12-fight win streak and a perfect record inside the Octagon (5-0), UFC welterweight Jon Fitch toils in relative obscurity.
After his submission victory over Luigi Fioravanti at UFC 68 — a bout that never made it onto the pay-per-view broadcast — the patient Fitch finally spoke up during his post-fight interview, calling out 170-pound contender Karo Parisyan.
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva wasn't having it, apparently, scheduling "The Heat" to face a fighter Fitch has already handled, Josh Burkman, at UFC 71 on May 26.
It's a decision that leaves Fitch somewhat in the lurch because so many other top fighters in the division are locked up for the foreseeable future.
In a recent quick interview with TopFighterStandings.com, Fitch touches on the possible reasons behind his slow ascension to the top of the division.
Here's a snip mash from Fitch:
"... I'm not sure why I haven't been given more exposure ... I just don't think they expected very much from me."
Interesting point, but clearly one that should have been amended long ago — especially now that Fitch is firmly entrenched as a force within the welterweight class.
This weekend, his training partner at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Josh Koscheck, clashes with Diego Sanchez in a 170-pound showdown. It's possible that he could fight Sanchez — win or lose — if Matt Hughes gets the next crack at the champion.
Or, the UFC can continue to feed him lower-caliber talent until the division sorts itself out.
Without a clear-cut ranking system, however, we're just going to have to take a wait and see approach ... something Fitch has been doing for sometime now.
Hopefully, we'll know a little more about the situation after this weekend.