Although Jon Fitch expressed disappointment with his performance Saturday night at UFC 127, it appears the welterweight has found clarity after getting the chance to load up his DVR. Despite being handed a controversial (29-28 Fitch, 28-28, 28-28) majority draw in his top contender scrap against BJ Penn, Fitch is thoroughly convinced he should have left Australia with the W.
“Finally watched the fight back myself,” Fitch posted on his Facebook. “[First round was a] draw and I won [rounds] 2 and 3. I will prove myself if I must. But I know I won that fight.
“Much respect to BJ. He is the legend I thought he was. I think that was the best BJ ANY of us have ever seen.”
Contrary to what was presented on Fitch’s TiVo, on most scorecards, including the only three that mattered, he lost the opening round. Penn spent the better part of the 3rdRound staring up at the Acer Arena ceiling, a five minute stanza in which he was out struck by an overwhelming 149-2 margin.
Prior to getting trounced in the final round, Fitch connected on 59 total strikes to Penn’s 19.
Nonetheless, based off the 10-point must scoring system, two of the three judges sitting Octagon-side awarded Penn both the first and second rounds before awarding Fitch a 10-8 3rdRound.
No word on what lies ahead for the 170-pounders (Please See: “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields”).