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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  • Rb_

    He’s wrong, the better fighters get most of the title shots, showmanship doesn’t hurt your chance, when a clear #1 contender isn’t there. I think he’s just being butthurt.

    • Monica

      rb you are clueless. Dana calls the shots and ITS about the money.. remember that..

  • Ben Rage

    He’s right in my opinion. There’s no official ranking system and because of that and other contributing factors (injuries, people backing out etc.) there have been multiple examples of what Fitch is referring to. Jones vs Machida, Brock Lesner vs Couture, Diego Sanchez vs BJ Penn, Vitor vs Jones, and we can go on and on. In each of the cases I’ve mentioned, the fighter kind of leaped ahead of the pack, and I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy those fights, because I did. What I am saying is that if the UFC is going to be considered a sport and not some fighting spectacle, it needs an official ranking system. I enjoy the UFC and have been a fan from pretty much the beginning, so I don’t want to come off like some smart ass critic, but I think Jon Fitch makes a valid point here.

  • Roger Dyriec Knowles

    Finish a fight, dnt get KOd in 12 sec to a bum and stop complaining and youll get a title shot plain and simple.

  • Bill Schumer

    Nope, a ranking system won’t work. It’s the fight game; timing is everything. Can you imagine how long fights would be held up if there were actual rankings they had to follow? The fact is you need to be exciting, or no one wants to watch. If no one watches, no one gets paid. It won’t be long before the talent pool is deep enough that we only have good AND exciting fighters…

    • Ben Rage

      Maybe a ranking system will work when the talent pool is deeper.

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