The Q&A session I posted below got me thinking about how much more I respect the guys who can win...even a boring win. I knew Fitch was going to give us another fight where he spent his time smothering another fighther. I've reached the point of my MMA viewing career where I start to get irritated when the crowd boo's a fight because they aren't laying bombs on each other. When you can fully understand the work being done on the ground and how hard it is to win a fight, you truly do appreciate it more.
What do you guys think of Jon Fitch?
Fitch doesn’t deserve title shot
Do you believe that Jon Fitch deserves another shot at the welterweight title? Champion Georges St. Pierre hasn’t been very crowd-pleasing in his last few fights, but Fitch’s fights are almost all snoozefests. He takes his opponents down and keeps them down with almost no action. I realize he’s facing top caliber opponents, but he’s not an MMA fighter, he’s a wrestler with enough standup to suffice until he can wrestle his opponent to the ground. He doesn’t seem to have any submission skills, or doesn’t care to use them, and he gets booed frequently for his cage performances. In the sport vs. entertainment debate, do you think that fighters have an obligation to put on crowd-pleasing displays if they want to advance?
It’s no revelation that Fitch is among the least-exciting fighters in the UFC, but he does deserve the shot. His record is incredible: He’s won five in a row and 21 of his last 22, most against high-level opposition. Having said that, he’s going to suffer in his paycheck, because he is not giving fans a reason to want to see him. Grinding out those methodical wins is ultimately going to make his paycheck smaller.