Jon Fitch wanted a title shot. Instead, the 23-3-1 (1 NC) UFC welterweight fighter will get another “lose-lose situation” bout against Johny Hendricks (11-1). The news of the bout, which is said to be verbally agreed to by both sides for UFC 141 on Friday December 30 in Las Vegas, was first reported by ESPN.
Should Fitch lose the bout, there’s a pretty good chance his long-awaited second title shot would likely be put on hold much longer than the two years he’s already waited thus far. If he beats Hendricks, who is 2-1 in his last three outings, he likely won’t move up in the rankings, but at least he’ll be keeping busy, I guess.
UFC president Dana White has stated that the winner of the Carlos Condit-Georges St-Pierre match-up at UFC 137 will likely square off with the winner of the Nick Diaz-BJ Penn bout on that same card. Translation: Fitch will have to get in line and the line is getting longer by the day.
Also in the queue are guys like Jake Ellenberger, who takes on Jake Shields Saturday night in the main event of the aptly named UFC Live: Shields vs Ellenberger event at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. It might make more sense to have Fitch square off with another fighter in the mix like Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, Brian Ebersole or Rory MacDonald, but then again, considering he’s widely ranked number two in the division, and has been for some time, it doesn’t make sense that guys ranked lower than him are getting title shots either, so it is what it is.