Jon Fitch on "fair weather fans" and referees

Jon Fitch has faced plenty of adversity in his MMA career such as a 24 hour exile from the UFC following a contract disagreement, he built up an 8 fight win streak in the UFC before being beaten brutally by GSP at UFC 87 and most recently Fitch has taken criticism from some of the MMA community surrounding the issue of his recent performances. Fitch is 5-1 in his last five fights with all including the loss coming by way of decision. He feels that fans are too restless when fighters go to the ground and he had this to say:

“I view them as fair-weather fans. They aren’t MMA fans. They want to see K-1 kickboxing with small gloves and not MMA. I’m always working to finish fights. There are two guys in the fight and if the other guy is just trying to survive its hard to finish. Promoters and fighters are dumbing down the sport to appease those fans. Those fans won’t be there for the long haul and will turn their back on the sport as soon as they find the next best thing. I think [removed][removed] referees standing fighters up too soon is one of the dumbest things that has been done recently. They need to let the fighters work on the ground and not be so quick to bring the fighters back to their feet.”

I’m sure Fitch has a point as far as this matter is concerned but the only way he will silence the critics is by pulling out a great performance in his next fight, which happens to be against Thiago Alves at UFC 111.

HT: BleacherReport.com


11 Comments

  1. Avatar of Dabs

    Dabs

    March 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I think you meant he is 5 and 1 in his last SIX fights ;)

  2. Avatar of Rory Kernaghan

    Rory Kernaghan

    March 24, 2010 at 5:23 am

    cheers 4 tha heads up lol

  3. Avatar of tapoutkingzsup

    tapoutkingzsup

    March 24, 2010 at 9:01 am

    i have always liked fitch he is a smart fighter and very well rounding,i hope to see a re-match between gsp and fitch

  4. Avatar of tapoutkingzsup

    tapoutkingzsup

    March 24, 2010 at 9:01 am

    well rounded my bad

  5. Avatar of Jesper

    Jesper

    March 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    There’s no choice against Alves but to be exciting. Alves is full of rage and he’s aggressive enough as it is, but he has something to prove against Fitch!!!! Not gonna be boring fight im sure

  6. Avatar of GracieHunter0718

    GracieHunter0718

    March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I am excited to see Fitch fight Alves. He is good fighter.

  7. Avatar of purinho

    purinho

    March 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Me too, after his loss to gsp he had to climb a mountain to come back in title picture. C’mon they even made him fight on the preliminary cards….kind a revenge for the contract disagreement.

  8. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    March 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with every word Fitch.

  9. Avatar of KarateKid420

    KarateKid420

    April 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I’m a fan of mma but not of fitch! I dont appreciate his lackluster performances of pure wrestling. Fitch your an idiot to say people don’t like you because they’ dont like the ground…i love the groundgame, just more versatile, and dynamic ground game styles(jon jones, gsp, maia).
    Just like a boxer can have a cautious style of stick and move, circling around alot, wrestlers can too, they will lie in guard throwing rabbit punches without posturing up.

  10. Avatar of Madnessstill

    Madnessstill

    April 11, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Fair weather fans are clowns. If they want to see a finish everytime, i challenge any of them to step into the ring themselves and throw caution to the wind.

  11. Avatar of DKMcGrath

    DKMcGrath

    April 16, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Fitch reminds me of Dan Henderson but without KO power lol..

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