With welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on the verge of lapping the entire 170-pound division after running through Dan Hardy on Saturday night, Dana White believes he has an ace in the hole for the division to keep things interesting.
“I’m working on something right now that I can’t talk to you guys about cause I don’t have it done yet,” White said regarding his plans for the winner of Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley at UFC 113.
Jon Fitch stated his interest in challenging St-Pierre once again, but White has other plans for Fitch first.
“I’m not kidding when I say that I would like to see [Josh] Koscheck fight [Jon] Fitch,” White admitted. “[They] talk about how bad they want title shots, just like Jon Fitch tonight, ‘I want that title so bad,’ really? How bad do you want it? You wanna fight Koscheck? He’s in your division and he’s one of the best.”
Like several other fighters before him, Fitch has vowed to never fight against a teammate. This isn’t the first time that Fitch has had an issue with White.
Back in November of 2008, Fitch was released by the UFC after not agreeing to terms of a contract for use of his likeness in video games.
Both Fitch and Koscheck train at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose. Obviously, White wanting the teammates to fight for a #1 contenders slot would be contingent on Koscheck actually beating the explosive Daley in May.
One thing is certain though, White doesn’t care about any sacred pact that campmates may have.
“There’s no reason that two guys can’t go out and compete against each other and see who’s better and not be friends,” White explained. “It’s over man, this whole, ‘we don’t want to fight each other thing’ is over.”
When asked if he would pass on Fitch getting a title shot again if he wasn’t willing to fight a teammate, White told reporters, “Who knows? Maybe.”