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Dana White Thinks Jon Fitch is a Bit Delusional

(The Interweb never lies.)

Ariel Helwani caught up with Dana White ahead of tonight’s UFC 141 event and he asked the UFC president where about the growing opinion that Jon Fitch is being overlooked in the UFC welterweight title picture. According to White, who says he’s in the mix, regardless of Fitch’s current streak and the fact that he only has one loss and one draw in his past 20 fights, unless he makes some drastic changes to his game, he likely won’t main event on a pay-per-view let alone fight for the welterweight strap any time soon.

“You hear the same thing from everybody about Jon Fitch: ‘If I want to get to sleep and I can’t get to sleep at night, I’ll put in a Jon Fitch fight.’ Whatever you think, Jon Fitch is one of the best 170-pounders in the world. And yes, he’s in the hunt for a title again, but everybody… find one person that will tell you they love a Jon Fitch fight, it’s the most exciting thing they’ve ever seen and they just get so excited for it. So when you say that you have a fight like Cerrone and Diaz on the card and a guy with a record like his is on and people aren’t jumping out of their seats for that fight, I think Jon needs to have a little bit of a… he’s got to be a little honest with himself and have a little bit of a reality check when he talks about stuff like [fighters talking their way into title fights.”

Check out the entire interview that includes Dana’s explanation of what led to Miguel Torres being re-hired and his thoughts on the top two fights on tonight’s card, after the jump.

(Video courtesy of MMAFighting)

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lindsay1988- January 1, 2012 at 10:09 am
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Piznti- December 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm
145 aint that deep. mendes deserves it in my opinion. hes a wrestler who puts pressure on u. aldo will bring the best out of him. not an easy fight at all for aldo either. fitch and cain. both out of aka, both looked horrible coming from there long ass lay offs. both amazing fighters, both knocked out in high light reel fashion in a combined 76 secs. shitty. lol
NinjaVanish- December 31, 2011 at 9:21 am
What about Mendes then?
AndyInflammatory- December 31, 2011 at 7:36 am
you're only as good as your last fight

Sonnen - finished Stann.
Fitch - GOT finished.

Ninja vanish.
NinjaVanish- December 31, 2011 at 1:33 am
DW is pretty much a cunt. Truth is, John Fitch has been overlooked purposefully for a long time. Let's not forget this is the same organization that is giving Chad Mendes, the king of boring ass fights a run at the title, or Chael Sonnen, who outside of Stann hasn't won a non-decision fight since 2007. Fitch is an exciting fighter, its not his fault some people work on being "exciting" instead of putting in some time on the mats.
RwilsonR- December 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm
@ XENO - I sure hope your voodoo doll has a spot for me, buddy. Happy New Year!
TheWarsawExpress- December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm
Fitch just lost it.
Piznti- December 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm
haha seriously if jon fitch, JON FITCH, gets a fight night bonus, i would instantly shit my pants. no way. no fucking way. well let me say if he loses he might get fight of the night. that is the only way. also rodney dangerfield of the ufc is a great tag. lol
XENOPHON- December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm
What the fuck is going to happen of Fitch gets, fight, submission, or knockout of the night honors!
XENOPHON- December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm
You know Typhoid Mary infected some 53 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook.
My XMAS list had 3 names on it. I pinned each of their names onto the voodoo doll I borrowed from the black couple who moved in a few months ago. You know, the ones that painted their house purple.
Can you guess who those 3 names are? I bet they know who they are.
XENOPHON- December 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm
skeletor Says:

Fri, 12/30/11 - 01:43

You gotta hand it to DW the man speaks the truth.
Danga, your New Years resolution should be to quit writing about MMA. I will support you every step of the way.
Don't pick on Danga, El Guapo gets upset when you call the CP names. He says it's not nice.
TheWarsawExpress- December 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm
I guess I am going to say this pisses me off for multiple reasons. It is justifiable to say that the casual fan finds Fitch to be Boring. On the other hand, someone who really understands MMA shouldn't expect finishes. My arguement is simply that if you win the fight, you win the fight. Fitch did get bitch slapped. Hardy and Sheilds leap frogged him, and for what reason? Because Dana White said so. I really feel like anyone who gets a shot at GSP should have to beat Fitch first. Anyway, none of what I said matters if he doesn't win tonight. I hope for his sake that he finishes this fight, but if he doesn't I won't get pissed.
Pen Fifteen- December 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm
You'd think the guy well versed in legal conspiracy theories would know the difference between an employee and an indepedent contractor. Happy New Year Xeno, you dumb fuck.
Hinarf- December 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Ariel looks like he may of picked up a coke habit.
AndyInflammatory- December 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm
I always wondered where the absolute Ground-Zero source of weird MMA related conspiracy stories was going to be discovered, until I discovered it myself.

Xenophon - you are like the Outbreak monkey and Typhoid Mary all rolled into one.
XENOPHON- December 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Dana had no comment (as in zero) for the Reem actually ducked his drug test for a month.
Smells like smoke, where there is smoke, there soon to be fire.
How can Dana have some much respect for Miguel? Wonder if the UFC advisers made in a mistake and went overboard with directions for UFC fighters who use Twitter.
Maybe it was Torres's manager to said hey Dana LOOK. You told my guy to be provocative, and its backed up in this copy of a correspondence we have - so either Dana you re-instate Miguel, or while he's making tortillas for a living I will release the content of the correspondence to the public?
OK, maybe its another theory...but few get fired for making such stupid remarks, then get rehired days later....and have the say CEO say 100's times that "...He has the utmost respect for Torres....????
Palmtreeguy- December 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Yeah Taco. Fitch only got destroyed by GSP, and how many of GSP's opponents have refused to engage with him. Why should he put himself at risk when his competitors don't even try to take his belt away?? Hmmm, Shields, Koscheck, Hardy, Alves. They all did nothing offensively AT ALL. The two before them BJ Penn and Jon Fitch and both of them got massacred by GSP. Before that. Winning the Belt from Serra, and winning the interim title from Hughes. Seems to me people are just bitching about the level of competitiveness in the division. Has nothing to do with how GSP fights. You get a title shot? Show why you earned the fucking fight in the first place. If not, STFU and get off GSP's back. He has proved that he can finish fights. Why should he have to if his competition isn't even putting up a fight ???
skeletor- December 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
You gotta hand it to DW the man speaks the truth.
Danga, your New Years resolution should be to quit writing about MMA. I will support you every step of the way.
XENOPHON- December 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Does anyone else think that the way it went down was that the UFC legal team told Dana that Torres was not only stupid, but a liability from the view of a Employer with an exclusive contract. And that the CEO can't sit idle when their Employee promotes rape vans. Especially when the company "promotes" their entertainers to hype the Twitter.

Thus, once cut, Torres manager called and kissed Dana's ass and asked for direction on what Miguel needed to do for smoothing over his mistakes. Who then ran out and visited some rape crisis centers, which was enough for Zuffa give Dana the nod for re-hire.
DangadaDang- December 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Well, I'm off. Have a great New Years Taco, and the same to the rest of you, Potato Nation!
Fried Taco- December 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm
But then again, GSP is champion.
Fried Taco- December 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm
I fell asleep just reading this.