For Jon Fitch, it doesn’t matter if the cage says “UFC,” “World Series of Fighting” or some other promotion: he just wants to compete.
Fitch, the former UFC No. 1 contender to the welterweight title, will make his debut in the WSOF later this month against Josh Burkman. The bout will be the main event and a rematch.
“This is a totally different fight. I fought Burkman so long ago so I don’t even bother looking at that fight. When I fought Alves it was clear we both changed and adapted with the sport, and I know I keep progressing and Burkman has been doing the same thing,” Fitch said, in an interview with Fighters.com. “There are many things I can do now that I wasn’t able to do 6 or 7 years ago. If we were talking six months later, or maybe even a year that’s one thing, but once you start crossing the four or five year mark I just don’t see how there is any real value in looking at the fight. That’s a really long gap.”
Fitch was a surprise release when the UFC parted ways. He holds an overall record of 24-5-1, including wins over Thiago Alves (twice), Mike Pierce, Erick Silva and Diego Sanchez.