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WSOF 16: Jon Fitch is 'freaking Nostradamus at this point' and predicts 'underground conspiracy stuff' breaks in 2015

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) welterweight title contender Jon Fitch says he predicted the current state of mixed martial arts (MMA) and says 2015 "will be a telling year for the future of the sport."


Jon Fitch has always been one of the most interesting guys to talk to in the sport of MMA. He has never minced words or been afraid to speak his mind, and once revealed exactly how much money he made during his UFC tenure.

He's a straight shooter, prideful and very opinionated. And inside the cage he has been one of the best in the sport for a very long time. On Saturday at WSOF 16 (full line up here), Fitch will fight for a title for the second time of his career when he takes on leg-lock specialist and current WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares.

It has been almost two years since the 12-year veteran was cut by UFC after his loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156, and he has settled into his new home, WSOF, with a 2-1 record. The last victory coming over Dennis Hallman via unanimous decision at WSOF 11 this past July.

Fitch, 36, and a veteran of 34 fights, has seen plenty of changes throughout his career in MMA. According to him, he saw a lot of it coming and like a certain historical French prophet, said they would take place.

"If you look through my history of all my interviews I predicted all of this," said Fitch, who recently moved from San Jose to Las Vegas. "I predicted all of it. I’m freaking Nostradamus at this point. I predicted every single bit of this and nobody listened to me. Everybody said ‘whatever, you are boring, duh, duh, duh.’ I predicted every little bit of this. I predicted them going in this direction. I predicted the flatness of the fights and people losing interest. I predicted all of it. It really sucks to be right. I really wish I wasn’t right."

Over-saturation is certainly an issue that has surfaced in 2014, as has watered-down fight cards, much to the chagrin of many fans and media members. The self-proclaimed seer thinks there is too much focus on promotions and not enough on the individuals.

"People get bored of a brand," he said. "They want heroes."

Fitch still thinks the sport has lots of talent and 2015 could be a pivotal year in the MMA landscape.

"I think the next year is going to be very telling for the future of the spot," he proclaimed. "There’s a lot of things in the works. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out."

How the Reebok sponsorship deal shakes out for the UFC fighters is only a "small part of it," he said before adding the deal has been "good news" for him due to being contacted from old sponsors that couldn't do business with him after he was cut loose by UFC.

"It's another thing I'm that I'm excited about 2015 for," the WSOF welterweight title contender said.

Fitch thinks Scott Coker being with Bellator will make things interesting in the new year as well, but there are more things in the works for 2015 that he has heard rumblings about that could really shake things up.

"There’s a lot of underground rumors that I can’t talk about because I don’t want to be sued for slander or anything," he said. "There’s some conspiracy stuff going on and I think it is going to break in 2015."

Former WWE star CM Punk signed to the UFC last weekend and not even a clairvoyant, prophet or the actual Nostradamus could have foreseen that one. So exactly what Fitch is predicting is anybody's guess, but it should certainly be entertaining, as news in this sport can often be.

WSOF 16 kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 13, 2014 from McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California, and live on NBC Sports Network.

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