Jon Fitch's World Series of Fighting (WSOF) tenure got off to a terrible start, losing to Josh Burkman via submission (guillotine choke) back in June 2013 after a very impressive run (14-3-1) under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner.
He missed out on the opportunity to claim UFC's Welterweight belt thanks to Georges St-Pierre way back in Aug. 2008, but tonight (Dec. 13, 2014) Fitch was teed up to win a different world title at the expense of 170-pound kingpin Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 16.
And he missed it again.
Palhares, perhaps the most dangerous leg-lock submission artist on the planet, needed only 1.5 minutes to get Fitch on the ground and torque his left knee the other way. Much like his recent aforementioned loss to Burkman, Fitch appeared willing to play a dangerous submission game and got caught too deep.
Way too deep.
Fitch remained on the mat after he tapped and well after Palhares was announced as the champion. He could be seen voicing, "stupid" multiple times on the mat as the cameras rolled (see the GIF here).
Perhaps it was because he didn't defend right or because he simply accepted a match against Palhares that he said he never would.
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