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Fitch vs. Hendricks In the Works for UFC 141 in December

(“You’re shitting me, I get to leapfrog the line to a fight with Fitch?”)

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.

The main event for the card will be a title eliminator between former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.

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NOTSOB- September 13, 2011 at 6:07 am

i did the same thing but with XTC and pretending to swim on North Stations (Boston Celtic-Bruins arena) floor.
wow such great times.
emul8ter25- September 13, 2011 at 1:56 am

whats wrong with a TKO? I often find a good TKO to be more exciting than a KO. Watching a fighter dominate and beat down an opponent to where they can no longer continue is exciting. Whats so great about a flash KO where often times it was a lucky shot?

Some submissions are exciting too. Yeah the RNC is a bit boring, but exotic submissions are great.

I would be happy for any finish from Fitch. I just dont want to see another decision.
Gorgzilla- September 13, 2011 at 1:37 am
@ Noyzy

Complex algorithm my ass.
Title shots and fights are awarded on how the Fertittas make the most money. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)
guelph gym- September 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm
alves are you kidding the guy who dont know what he wants be and the 2nd fight he got him after alves had a brain injury and had his ass handed to him to so and b4 that it was a replacement bum so tell me agian who fitch has fought?
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Craigger12- September 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm
@guelph guym

What about Alves?

And how have you not heard of Hendricks?
guelph gym- September 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm
wow can anyone tell me who hendricks is? this is why jon fitch dont get title fights cause he keeps fighting no names i cant think of 1 top 10 fighter fitch has ever fought other then gsp and we all seen how that ended hope fitch get knocked out by this no name then ill know who he is
Todd M- September 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm
I hope Hendricks can pull off the win we ned some new blood at 170, especially a wrestler that can bang. Can people please stop referring to Ebersole as a 'contender' or "in the mix', he's had two wins for fucks sake. Remeber when Marcus Davis was in the mix? Then Mike Swick beat him so he was a contender, Then Hardy beat Mike Swick and got a title shot, then well we all know what happened then.
HeadHunter405- September 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm
I think Hendricks is gonna drop him in the first round. The kid has heart. With Fitch comin off of injury and all that vegan bullshit he aint gonna be ready for Hendricks.
Big_Shell- September 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I really hope you have the same expectation of GSP.
Get Off Me- September 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Randy's exciting, Jon Fitch...not so much.

Fitch is winnning this fight by UD.
TheWarsawExpress- September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm
I agree with abenormal on the Randy Couture point. The only difference is Couture lost about half his fights, and fitch can take a kick to the face.

I imagine that this is a fight they hope fitch can finish to bolster interest in putting him in another title fight.
abenormal- September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Fitch all you fitchers! Fitch fitches fitches the fitch up! Seriously, Randy pushes guys up against the cage and dry humps them and everybody says "hall of fame! hall of fame!" but Fitch does the same thing and it's all "BOOO! BOOO!" Fitchin' Couture invented the Shoulder Shrug Strike fer fitchsakes! That's not a strike, that's foreplay where I come from. Besides, Fitch has been working on his leg kicks CHOPPING DOWN BANANA TREES WITH HIS SHINS.
The_Dead_Cow- September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm
I think the UFC is offering Fitch slightly "easier" opponents with the hopes he can get a finish. At least that's what I'm thinking because a finish for him nowadays is a unanimous decision.
intercept440- September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Then you can send him to SF until he can actually finish a fight
intercept440- September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm
just tell fitch he is going to fight GSP, but instead Give him some LSD, and he'll spend the 14 hours wrestling the travertine tile, while thinking its gsp, then tell him he lost when he is tuckered out
KidDinomite- September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm
When Dana White conducts his next press conference, he should decree that the next time Fitch can KO his opponent, not TKO, or submit.... the next time he KO's his opponent, then, and only then will he receive a title shot.

After hearing this, Fitch will probably just out and retire because he can't fight like a man!!
newdeal- September 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm
I think they should do fitch gsp and when he loses (again) cut him because nobody wants to see him fight
Vovchanchyn Check- September 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm
as a college student with poor sleeping habits, i, for one, look forward to this siesta
Chonde- September 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Please do not put this on the PPV. Totally great quality opponents but I don't want people falling asleep on my couch!
RearNakedSmoke- September 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Good for Hendricks. I hope he wins. And I hope that Dana relegates this fight to the Facebook Prelims. Nobody is paying money to see Jon Fitch fight.
noizy- September 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm
That's why rankings are pointless. Baldfather explained it many times: title shots and fights are awarded on a complex algorithm involving fight record, fan appeal, and the method by which a fighter wins/loses.
Payday- September 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Good for Fitch. I can only hope this is on the dark portion of the card as well so I don't have to pay for another dazzling display of Jon Fitch the Offensive Juggernaut.