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Jon Fitch Puzzled By UFC’s Recent No. 1 Contender Decisions

Jon Fitch worked his way to a title match with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Fitch, a former standout wrestler in college, put together an incredible 16-fight win streak before earning his shot at GSP.

After the decision loss to St-Pierre, Fitch won five consecutive fights before a draw with BJ Penn and a knockout loss to Johny Hendricks.

However, when it comes to determining No. 1 contenders, Fitch is concerned with what the UFC has been deciding upon lately.

“There’s no system for picking No. 1 contenders,” said Fitch, in an interview with Full Contact Fighter. “There’s no order, there’s no lineup, there’s no point system. It’s just whoever they feel they’re going to make the most money off of. That’s who gets the title shot.”

Fitch is likely referring to Vitor Belfort’s placement in a UFC light heavyweight title contest with Jon Jones this coming Saturday night at UFC 152.

It kind of sucks because in other sports, there’s kind of a clear path. That’s just not the way combat sports work I guess. It doesn’t work that way with boxing or the UFC. It comes down to showmanship. I have to be a better showman to get a title shot. I don’t have to be a better fighter; I just have to be a better showman.

Fitch (23-4-1) will get his opportunity to make a statement in October when he takes on Erick Silva (15-2-1) at UFC 153 in Brazil.

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