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Fitch: “My Eyes are Set on a Rematch with GSP”

Written by Tom Ngo
August 3rd, 2009
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UFC welterweight top contender Jon Fitch already got a crack at champion Georges St-Pierre’s title, however he is patiently waiting for another shot at the division’s king. In the meantime, he’ll just continue to stockpile W’s.

“My eyes are set on a rematch with GSP for the belt,” Fitch said of his ultimate goal. “I want to fight him for the belt again.”

Fitch was riding a 15-fight winning streak entering their initial title fight at UFC 84 in August of 2008, prompting St-Pierre to state at the time, “Jon Fitch is the toughest opponent of my career.”

Fitch was no joke in his first-ever title fight. Sure he was dominated throughout the 5Round affair and was on the brink of being sent to Queer Street a couple of times, but he lasted the whole 25 minutes.

“I had my shot and I lost,” Fitch said. “That’s just how it goes. That’s how the business goes. You climb the top of that ladder, and if you don’t win, you get put back, and you have to find your way back to the top.

“The welterweight weight class in the UFC is the toughest in the history of the sport. We’ve never had another weight class in any other organization that’s had this many top-ranked [fighters]. To be in the top of that heap, that’s where I want to be.”

What makes it tougher for Fitch is that two of his fellow American Kickboxing Academy teammates, Mike Swick and Josh Koshcheck, are also looking for a shot at UFC welterweight gold. They have all vowed to never fight one another, allowing each to have their chance if it’s their time.

“That team and what we’ve built has built me and made me what I am,” Fitch said. “To disrupt that, what am I left with after that fight? You have to split up what trainer trains what guy, which teammates train with which teammates. You know that’s going to leave some kind of animosity.

“[Swick] has put in nine wins in the UFC. He’s put in an incredible career with the UFC, and if he beats Kampmann [at UFC 103], I think he would deserve a shot.”

And what happens if Swick takes Kampmann, then GSP’s belt, and goes on a Matt Hughes-type run?

“If he wins that, he’ll get to sit on that belt,” Fitch said. “If he keeps defending it like eight or nine times in a row, then maybe I’ll move up a weight class. But there’s so many good fighters at 170 (pounds).”

That is true, but there’s not too many better than you, Jon, so we’ll just have to see when the UFC decides to call his number again.

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