Jon Fitch was the beginning of a long list of cuts made by the UFC.

Since that time, the one-time contender to the UFC welterweight title has yet to taste victory, falling to Josh Burkman via submission.

Fitch will return to action this Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 6 against Marcelo Alfaya.

“I always feel that I need to win,” said Fitch, during a recent press conference. “I wouldn’t be in this sport if I didn’t feel I needed to win every single fight. I want to go out there and perform well, perform the way I can, and put myself in a position to get even bigger fights in the future.”

Fitch (24-6-1) is just 1-3-1 in his last five after putting together a five-fight win streak between 2009-10. His lone win came in 2012 over Erick Silva.

Despite being out of the UFC, Fitch remains upbeat and positive, as WSOF continues to stockpile talent.

“I’m super-pumped for the fight. The whole card is stacked all the way through. World Series of Fighting is doing an outstanding job with putting on these cards and these shows,” he said. “NBC Sports Network is a fantastic platform for doing good numbers on the live shows and the replays.

“The organization is only going to keep growing and keep getting stronger. The guys on the undercard are going to start being main-card guys, and everybody is going to know who they are. I’m excited to be a part of this, and I’m excited to help along with this growth. I can’t wait for this fight. I know Marcelo is going to bring it, and it’s going to be a hell of a fight.”