A Challenger with a Champion’s Mentality

Written by Tom Ngo
August 6th, 2008

Jon Fitch is finally getting what he has wanted his entire MMA career. Not only will he get that ever illusive title shot, but he will also be doing it against the very best in his weight class, in reigning champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 this weekend. And, after he takes his belt, Fitch will be getting what he wants from here on out.

“I want to fight the best guys, and right now he is the best welterweight in the world,” Fitch said about his desire to constantly challenge himself. 

Fitch has come a long way from the small promotions that he used to compete in. He now finds himself on the biggest possible stage, fighting possibly the best athlete that the welterweight division has ever seen. And to be frank, that is all Fitch has ever asked for. With 15 consecutive wins, there is no doubt that Fitch deserves this title shot, but his true passion is to fight the very best the world has to offer just to see where he stacks up. 

“This fight should not only prove that I belong in the top of this weight class, (but) that I deserve to be here and I put in the work to be here,” a determined Fitch stated.  “I’ve done a lot to  prove that I deserve this. Eight wins in a row in the UFC is a hard thing to do.”

But getting here and winning are two completely different stories, and Fitch knows it. Along his journey, he has taken on the likes of some of the division’s best in Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez, and walked away victorious. St-Pierre is a different breed from all other fighters, perhaps the most well-rounded fighter that the world has ever seen. 

“Georges has a very explosive style; I think he has as solid foundation in his techniques,” Fitch said of the champion. “He’s cream of the crop right now, but I believe that I have the ability to beat him. I have the heart of a champion and the desire to win.”

Fitch expects this to be an all out war. A battle that may be decided in the 5thRound, and he is sure that it will be 25 minutes of non-stop action.  In fact, when you pit two competitors like this against each other, how can it not be?

“When you put two athletes together like me and GSP, there is (nothing) short of fireworks possible,” stated an excited Fitch. “I think we’re going to have one of the greatest fights in UFC history.”

As far as the 3-1 underdog’s game plan against St-Pierre, he knows that he has to be the aggressor.

“I ‘m gonna have to take the fight to him. I can’t sit back and let him use his athletic ability to win this fight and dictate this fight,” said Fitch.

Fitch seems motivated and ready to prove that he is the best. And for his final sentiment going into the fight he said, “I will do everything to make sure my hand is raised at the end of this fight. I’m gonna beat Georges St-Pierre.”

Spoken like a true champion.  

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