Jon Fitch: If Koscheck wins I will move up to 185

This week former title contender Jon Fitch sat down with sportsnet to talk about the upcoming title bout against GSP and his teammate Josh Koscheck. Not surprisingly, Fitch is picking Kos to beat GSP, and says that if it happens and Josh successfully defends his belt, he’ll move up to middleweight indefinitely.

“The first fight, Koscheck lost the fight to a takedown. He won the first round, lost the second round and in the third he shoots a single, switches of to a double and Georges is able to defend it and sprawl and Josh has to pull guard,” Fitch said. “That was the deciding factor in that fight, so it will be interesting to see where this fight goes now. I don’t know if will be as much of a wrestling match as it was the first time. There might be a lot more striking involved. It’s a tough fight and its an interesting fight, but I think Koscheck’s gonna win it.”

“To me there’s no reason to fight a teammate. It’s just not a fight we’re interested in at all,” Fitch explained. “It’s a situation where, if Koscheck is able to win the belt and defend the belt, I will move up to 185. I think I have a good size frame. I can put on 15 pounds. I may have to take a month off or so to put on some weight, but that process may take over a year from now. I’ll have fought every welterweight worth fighting by then.”

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Fitch won’t be going anywhere and it sounds like he isn’t 100 percent convinced he’ll need to jump up in weight either.

“If Georges wins I’ll be waiting on the front doorsteps with flowers for a title shot.”

  • Rigo

    Fitch is got to be kidding himself
    beside his like 195 what is he talking about gaining 15 pounds to move up to 185?? he just wont need to cut the extra 10 thats all

    and i dont think Koscheck will be much of a problem to GSP anyway
    he out wrestle Koscheck the first time!

    now hes even a better wrestler he wont have much of a problem!

  • WingChun

    “IF” Koscheck wins?

    Wow, that’s some support and belief from a teammate.

    Well, I’m quite confident that Fitch will be staying @ 170; JK won’t win that fight. I doubt he’ll even be in it.

  • willhammy

    I think hes fought every WW worth fighting except for Koscheck

  • UnderdogGreatness

    What’s Koscheck going to fake this time?

  • UrHype

    I dont think Fitch thinks he’ll have to honestly, he preparing for a Serra moment I suppose and covering his bases just in case.
    Interesting though, Fitch at 185 hmmm

  • rickjitsu

    Fitch would get killed at 185

  • falcon4917

    I think he would do quite well until the AS fight. Maybe Nate and Damian would also be problems but he is a very good grappler and has tremendous heart. The number 2 guy at 170 should at least have a chance at number 3 or 4 at 185. Who knows he might fight better heavier.

  • HunterB

    fitch used to fight at 205, just saying