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Jon Fitch
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Born Jonathan Parker Fitch
(1978-02-24) February 24, 1978 (age 36)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Division Welterweight (2002–present)
Middleweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of San Jose, California
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Rank Black belt in Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling[1]
Years active 2002 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 34
Wins 26
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 17
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 1
No contests 1
Amateur career
Total 2
Wins 2
By submission 2
Other information
University Purdue University
Notable school(s) Carroll High School
Website Official UFC Profile http://www.jonfitch.net/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 7, 2012

Jonathan Parker Fitch[2] (born February 24, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist, competing in the welterweight division of World Series of Fighting. Fitch formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and during his tenure in the UFC was considered a top contender for the Welterweight championship. Fitch received a title shot against the UFC Welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, on August 9, 2008.

Background[edit]

After graduating from Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Fitch enrolled in at Purdue University in 1997 and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's in physical education and a minor in history. As a walk-on to the Purdue wrestling team, Fitch – a four-year letterman – wrestled under the tutelage of Tom Erikson and eventually became the team captain of his wrestling squad. Fitch secured a starting spot early on in his career, but struggled to find initial success. Compiling an 8-23 record his sophomore season, Fitch impressively turned that around to compile an 18-12 record in his final year. He finished with a 45-51 record overall for his collegiate wrestling career.

Tom Erikson– a former PRIDE fighter – would occasionally bring other mixed martial artists to the wrestling gym, and Fitch would be introduced to such fighters as Mark Coleman and Gary Goodridge. The sport, and the money that the top-tier fighters were making interested Fitch, and he started his mixed martial arts career in 2002.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Jon Fitch began his career at light heavyweight with a record of four wins, two losses and one No Contest. Understanding[citation needed] that the sport required cross training in various martial arts, Fitch soon left for San Jose, California to train with the American Kickboxing Academy.

In his next seven fights, Fitch fought at Middleweight and amassed wins over fighters such as Shonie Carter, Alex Serdyukov and Jeff Joslin. After failing to make the selection process for the first season of The Ultimate Fighter – a last-minute decision by the production team that left Fitch stranded in an airport with his luggage already boarded – he earned a shot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 3, 2005, where Fitch defeated Brock Larson by unanimous decision in a middleweight fight.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Drop to welterweight[edit]

Soon after, Fitch dropped down to the welterweight division and won his next seven fights. With victories over Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves, Luigi Fioravanti, Diego Sanchez, and Chris Wilson with the latter tying the record set by Royce Gracie for most consecutive wins in the UFC, Fitch was seen as a top welterweight contender.[3] UFC President Dana White praised Fitch's performances inside the Octagon, and indicated that Fitch would fight the winner of the Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra Welterweight title fight.[4]

Championship fight[edit]

Fitch was defeated by Georges St-Pierre via unanimous decision with scores of 50–43, 50–44, 50–44 at UFC 87.[5] After the fight GSP spoke to Fitch about the growth that his own loss prompted and said that Fitch's experience should be no different. Had Fitch beaten St-Pierre he would have had a nine fight winning streak in the UFC, surpassing Royce Gracie's streak of eight straight wins (a record that has since been broken by Anderson Silva, whose winning streak ended at 16 on July 6, 2013). The loss also snapped Fitch's 16 fight winning streak, both in and out of the UFC.

Back to title contention[edit]

Fitch was released from the UFC on the November 20, 2008.[6] The dispute was over his reluctance to sign a lifetime contract to allow his name and likeness to be used in a video game the UFC released with THQ.[7][8] In the end, Fitch ended up signing a licensing agreement that will allow the UFC to feature him in their UFC Undisputed video game release and returned to the UFC.[9][10] Fitch's exile from the UFC lasted less than 24 hours.[11]

Fitch dominated Pride Fighting Championships veteran Akihiro Gono en route to a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30–27, 30–27 and 30–26 at UFC 94.[12]

Fitch next defeated formerly unbeaten Brazilian Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision at UFC 100.

Fitch was expected to fight Ricardo Almeida on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106 but due to a knee injury sustained by Almeida, the fight was cancelled.[13]

Fitch was then scheduled to face Thiago Alves in a highly anticipated rematch on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107.[14] However, Alves suffered an injury and was replaced by Mike Pierce.[15] Fitch won via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Fitch was expected to finally face Thiago Alves on March 27, 2010, at UFC 111,[16] but on March 25, 2010, Alves was forced off the card due to a brain irregularity that appeared on a pre fight CAT scan. However, Ben Saunders, who was previously scheduled to fight on the same card against Jake Ellenberger, requested to fight Fitch and the fight took place on the main card.[17] Fitch won the fight via unanimous decision.

The Alves/Fitch rematch finally took place at UFC 117.[18] This fight was confirmed to be the number one contendership for the welterweight championship (to fight the winner of the St-Pierre/Koscheck bout). Alves again failed to make weight, weighing in at 171.5 lbs, meaning he had to give up 20% of his fight purse. Fitch went on to defeat Alves via unanimous decision.[19] Dana White later made remarks that the manner of Fitch's victories (primarily judges' decisions rather than finishes) and lack of connection with the UFC fans has put Fitch's number one contender status in doubt.[20] Following Jake Shields' victory over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121, White confirmed Shields as the next in line for the Welterweight title shot, leaving Fitch's status in the division unconfirmed.[21]

Fitch was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126.[22] But after B.J. Penn defeated Matt Hughes at UFC 123, UFC president Dana White decided to match Fitch up against Penn at UFC 127 in Australia instead.[23] At the end of the fight the scorecards of the judges were 29-28 for Fitch, 28-28 and 28-28. It was declared a majority draw. When asked by Joe Rogan if Fitch would like a rematch, Fitch replied that he wants another title shot more than anything. No confirmation of a rematch resulted from the interview of either fighter.

A rematch with Penn was expected to take place on July 2, 2011, at UFC 132.,[24] but in late March, Fitch pulled out of the bout with an injury.[25]

After months of dealing with a shoulder injury, Jon Fitch is back in business. “I’m back! Dr. Kavitne gave me the ok to fight,” he tweeted. Fitch has made no small secret of his desire to fight on the UFC 139 fight card that takes place in his city of residence, San Jose, Calif.[26]

Fitch fought Johny Hendricks on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141.[27] He was knocked out 12 seconds into the fight.

Fitch was expected to face Aaron Simpson on July 11, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[28] However, Fitch pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by returning veteran Kenny Robertson.[29]

Fitch defeated rising prospect Erick Silva via unanimous decision on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153,[30] with the back-and-forth bout receiving Fight of the Night honors. In a prefight interview, Fitch mentioned that he was experiencing tremendous financial difficulties and that losing the fight would force him to end his full-time training so that he could get a day job to help support his family. After winning the fight, he said the victory had saved his MMA career.[31]

Fitch next faced Demian Maia on February 2, 2013, at UFC 156.[32] Fitch lost by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27 and was subsequently released from the promotion, despite being a top 10 ranked welterweight and having a 14-3-1 record with the promotion overall.[33][34] Fitch's release from the promotion caused much debate about the UFC "code of conduct" and the general "skill-demand" in UFC, as most commentators had not expected a single loss to lead to a release from the promotion.[35]

World Series Of Fighting[edit]

On March 7, 2013, it was announced that Fitch signed a four-fight contract with World Series of Fighting.[36] He made his promotional debut on June 14, 2013, at WSOF 3, in a rematch against Josh Burkman. Fitch was knocked down by a punch and then finished by Burkman due to a guillotine choke submission. Burkman became the second man to defeat Fitch by a submission, the first being Mike Pyle.

Fitch faced Marcelo Alfaya at WSOF 6 on October 26, 2013,[37] winning via split decision. Despite spending most of the first round trapped in a body triangle defending against submission attempts, Fitch showed improved striking in a back-and-forth fight, dropping Alfaya and following up with heavy ground-and-pound in the third.[38]

In his third fight for the promotion, Fitch faced Dennis Hallman on July 5, 2014 at World Series of Fighting 11.[39] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Jon Fitch is scheduled to face Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 16 for the welterweight championship on December 13, 2014.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Jon and his longtime Girlfriend Michelle got engaged the day after UFC 100.[41] The couple were married on September 4, 2010.[42]

Jon Fitch appeared on the November 5, 2008, episode of MythBusters, "Coffin Punch". The MythBusters were attempting to determine if someone could punch their way out of a coffin. For his part, Jon Fitch laid on his back and punched up into a sensor, attached to a punching bag that was a few inches above Fitch, allowing his arm only three inches of travel before contact with the sensor. The sensor read that the power behind Fitch's punch was just under 1,500 pounds of force (6672 N).[43][44]

Film and television[edit]

Fitch made a brief cameo in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life sparring with Jake Shields. The film was directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013.[45]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 26–6–1 (1) Dennis Hallman Decision (unanimous) WSOF 11 July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States Middleweight bout
Win 25–6–1 (1) Marcelo Alfaya Decision (split) WSOF 6 October 26, 2013 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 24–6–1 (1) Josh Burkman Technical Submission (guillotine choke) WSOF 3 June 14, 2013 1 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WSOF Debut
Loss 24–5–1 (1) Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24–4–1 (1) Erick Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Loss 23–4–1 (1) Johny Hendricks KO (punch) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 1 0:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 23–3–1 (1) B.J. Penn Draw (majority) UFC 127 February 27, 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia UFC Welterweight title eliminator.
Win 23–3 (1) Thiago Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 5:00 Oakland, California, United States Catchweight (171.5 lb) bout; Thiago Alves did not make weight.
Win 22–3 (1) Ben Saunders Decision (unanimous) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 21–3 (1) Mike Pierce Decision (unanimous) UFC 107 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 20–3 (1) Paulo Thiago Decision (unanimous) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–3 (1) Akihiro Gono Decision (unanimous) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 18–3 (1) Georges St-Pierre Decision (unanimous) UFC 87 August 9, 2008 5 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States For the UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win 18–2 (1) Chris Wilson Decision (unanimous) UFC 82 March 1, 2008 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 17–2 (1) Diego Sanchez Decision (split) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 16–2 (1) Roan Carneiro Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher June 12, 2007 2 1:07 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 15–2 (1) Luigi Fioravanti Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 2 3:05 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 14–2 (1) Kuniyoshi Hironaka Decision (unanimous) UFC 64 October 14, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 (1) Thiago Alves TKO (upkick and punches) UFC Fight Night 5 June 28, 2006 2 4:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–2 (1) Josh Burkman Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 2 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight bout
Win 11–2 (1) Brock Larson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 2 October 3, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 (1) Jeff Joslin Decision (split) Freedom Fight July 9, 2005 3 5:00 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Win 9–2 (1) Alex Serdyukov TKO (punches) MMA Mexico 1 December 17, 2004 2 2:15 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Win 8–2 (1) Jorge Ortiz Decision (unanimous) MMA Mexico 1 December 17, 2004 3 5:00 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Win 7–2 (1) Mike Seal TKO (punches) MMA Mexico 1 December 17, 2004 2 2:35 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Win 6–2 (1) Kengo Ura Decision (unanimous) Venom 1 September 18, 2004 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 (1) Shonie Carter Submission (slam) Shooto USA November 14, 2003 3 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 4–2 (1) Gabe Garcia TKO (punches) X–1 September 6, 2003 1 2:41 Yokohama, Japan
Win 3–2 (1) Kyle Jensen Decision (unanimous) Battleground 1 July 19, 2003 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
NC 2–2 (1) Solomon Hutcherson NC HOOKnSHOOT 1.1 March 8, 2003 2 N/A Evansville, Indiana, United States Ruled a No Contest after Hutcherson kicked Fitch on the ground, opening up a cut.
Loss 2–2 Wilson Gouveia KO (knee) HOOKnSHOOT 1 December 13, 2002 1 3:38 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 2–1 Eric Tix KO (punch) UW 2 September 7, 2002 1 0:07 Fridley, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–1 Dan Hart Submission (guillotine choke) UW 1 September 7, 2002 1 1:14 Fridley, Minnesota, United States
Loss 0–1 Mike Pyle Submission (rear-naked choke) RFC 1 July 13, 2002 1 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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