It's a comprehensive background piece on the Fort Wayne, Indiana, native as he prepares to battle Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 10 one week from today at the Seminole Hotel Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
We've tried our best to pass along as much info on Fitch even before we made the decision to support him via our sponsorship. And if you didn't get a good feel for his refreshing approach to fighting with all the news and interviews we passed along (check out or Jon Fitch archive), then Gerbasi's feature is a must read.
Here's a mash from Fitch:
"I've got my nose to the grindstone, do what I do, and things will work out. If I keep training, love what I do, and have fun while I'm doing it, all the other stuff will fall into place. It's a Buddhist philosophy – desire is the root of all suffering. Our weight class is not only the toughest out there, but we're loaded with guys. I'm kinda glad they [the UFC] didn't throw me out there earlier, looking back at it. I kinda like being the unheard of guy. My fans are the solid fans who have been here from the beginning, not the fly by night people. I have a solid base as far as my fans go and everything just kinda fell into place."
Fitch is winding down his training at the moment and will be in Florida this Thursday for the fight next Tuesday. By all accounts he is ready for Carneiro and is not underestimating his opponent one bit.
Here's another snip:
"He [Carneiro] poses a serious threat as far as his size – he's a big 170 pounder. Most of his fights were at 185. He's a really good wrestler; I watched his Abu Dhabi matches, he has very good takedowns and very good takedown defense, and I'm pretty sure he's extremely strong and athletic, so the biggest problem he poses for me is that I really don't know if I'll be able to physically impose my will on him. This will be something where I'm challenged to defeat him technically."
This fight will air live on the Spike television network as the co-feature alongside the rematch between Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout — don't miss it.
In other news, FightNetwork.com is reporting that welterweight Steve Bruno has had to pull out of his bout with Chad Reiner at UFC Fight Night 10 because of a torn rotator cuff sustained during training.
It would have marked the Octagon debut for the current Spirit MC middleweight champion who is riding a four-fight win streak.
According to the article, no timetable has been set for the American Top Team (ATT) product and Iraq war Navy vet to return to action.
In addition, no replacement has been named to face Reiner, who was set to return to the Seminole Hotel Hard Rock Hotel & Casino since his UFC debut and most recent fight — a unanimous decision loss to Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.
Considering the short timeframe, it's unknown at the moment whether the UFC can find someone to fill-in or the show will go on with just eight fights.
We'll keep you posted.