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Jon Fitch Shows Us How to Lose Well

Nobody likes to lose, but there’s losing like a man and there’s losing like a six-year-old. In the above video from NBC Sports Jon Fitch ups his stock by taking his loss to Georges St. Pierre as well as can be expected. Not only did he prove his toughness by hanging in against GSP for five rounds, he also showed up to the press conference even though his face looked like he’d just made out with a wolverine. That’s an honorable competitor, right there.

For fighting his heart out and for this display of gentlemanly sportsmanship, we extend to Jon Fitch our rarely-awarded Cage Potato ‘Atta Boy (award has no implied or actual monetary value). We’d like to also give one to Dana White for trying to subtly replace Fitch’s beer with a bottle of water while he’s answering questions from reporters, but we only have so many of these fake awards lying around.

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Bootylam!- August 13, 2008 at 3:22 am
Hey shutupandfight, are you that guy with all the stories from TUF? Streetfighting for 45 minutes? Uh, okay. How many bites, scratches, gouges, and eye pokes? And did she pull your hair and smudge your lipstick, too? Fitch is a REAL man even after getting his ass kicked.
UFC fan- August 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm
UFC should give Fitch the microphone more often, HE is good for MMA, he is great for UFC.
UFC is minus a few poster boys recently with Liddell, and Franklin, and Randy, and Tito, out of the picture perse.
We could use some fresh faces, like Forrest, and Fitch, and GSP.
I tell you I would love to see Fitch as a coach on one of the TUF seasons.
shutupandfight- August 12, 2008 at 1:06 am
Marcel- i'd think he does the jaw thing to warm it up...get it ready to take some hits.
shutupandfight- August 12, 2008 at 1:03 am
kudos to Fitch...liked him him even more after the fight.

but...i've looked way worse than that the day after 4 street fights in one night- last fight lasted a reported 45 minutes...two dudes wailin away at each other on a street corner one night somewhere in the midwestern just couldn't put the other one out ...took knees then soccer kicks straight to my face but didn't blank for a second...i recall cracking the dude in the face with l-r's then dropping my arms to my sides giving him his chance...we bolt bolted as the po po finally showed up...not little dudes either. went to the ER for stitches and xrays- girlfriend's dad was the attending doctor...make that ex girlfriend.

that was over 20 years ago...i do not advocate street fighting.

Marcel- August 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm
Hey... Does anyone know why Fitch does that ocd type of jaw-clenching before he fights? If it's just to be intimidating in a sorta psychotic , sociopath manner well then it works cuz he scares the hell out of me! Even if I did get really lucky and crack him on the chin sucker-punch style as he takes his jacket off, he would just begin his crazy jaw-clench antics, and then I woke up... it was as if the grim reaper himself stole 2 days of my life as I lay in that hospital bed... Hold your head up high Mr. Fitch, you are one tough mofo...
SolGoode- August 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm
You've missed the point. Why should anyone have to mute the channel or look away in order to appreciate the fight? I said Fitch is the man because he was funny in his interview. It's observational. If he had been a dick I would have said, man that dude's a dick. It has nothing to do with "buying into" anything. I just don't think that things like character or persona need enter into the combat sport arena. From a marketing standpoint, I understand it. Do I like it? Fuck no. As far as acting above it? I AM above it. If I could cut that BS out of MMA, I would in a heartbeat, but that (among many other things) is why I'm not the head of a million dollar MMA company.
Aaron- August 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm
I know it is cliche, but Fitch really does have the Rocky part down pat. He can stand with the best and absorb the worst of beatings while still dishing it out himself. Then he wears his battered face like a champ and makes you laugh with his good spirit and humor. One thing is for sure, nobody should pity Fitch. He is the man.
Plain old Kevin- August 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Fitch is very cool and has been so in all of the interviews that I've ever seen him in. I just cannot wait until BJ's face looks like that and we can see what he has to say.
Nog's cacks- August 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm
Awesome................i wanna look like that
Myles Kilometers- August 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Man...GSP has the power to make you look like a different person.
Me- August 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm
More often than the posting too quickly thing I get programming errors that dont allow me to post now. That might be the root of it all.
thisguy186- August 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
xFenixKnightx- August 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm
Ive watched this fight so many times and it still amazes me how he was able to last all 5 rounds. This guy is a true warrior.

Damnit Dana, let the man have a beer or two.
fuck Bud Light- August 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm
I don't know what is worse, BL or piss corona. My respect level for fitch just dropped several levels due to his skanky beer choice.
Geriatric Peon- August 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm
@SolGoode You watch Star Trek? wow now that shit is boring.

Douchebag antics in NFL is how they build team rivalries and get fans to pay to watch. They only get fined if they bad mouth the NFL organization or their own teammates.

If you don't want any other drama, just mute it till the fight starts and shut it off as soon as the fight ends. Everything else is just to build drama and get people cheering for one man over the other one. You can act above it but you are really buying into it as soon as you say "fitch is the man"
DROP DEAD JACK- August 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm
...since i'm watching at work I can't turn the volume up (stupid cubes amplify sound) but I can only assume Fitch was pretty classy based on the comments above. also major lol's at Dana's phantom hand sweeping in to ever so slowly take away the corona (i think thats what it was)
SolGoode- August 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Damn, Fitch is the man.
Geriatric Peon, I'd agree with you if this was an episode of Star Trek, but since it isn't, and instead it's a sport that I dump a lot of money into, I'd prefer not to have to suffer through douchebag antics like Lesnar's and Ortiz's. How come this point doesn't come up in the NFL? If you show bad sportsmanship there, you get fined thousands of dollars. That's the way it is. I don't want pro-wrestling's dramatic devices applied to MMA. I just want to see two warriors step into the ring and step out of it with honor. Outside the ring, go ahead and be a jackass, cause there I'm not paying to watch you.

Also: something has to be done about this posting comments too quickly thing.
kablamo- August 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm
The reporter asked "Do you think you hurt him(GSP)?"

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.......I hate you CP.
some guy- August 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm
Looks like the beer was replaced because it was not a bud light.
CG- August 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm
The reporter asked if he thought he hurt him [GSP].
James- August 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm
What was the question the report asked, I can't understand him?
ADW- August 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm
I have a lot more respect for Jon Fitch now. What a classy guy. His face all busted up like that and he is still laughing and having a good time. I can't wait for his next fight.
Geriatric Peon- August 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm
Fitch is awesome. He is funny in interviews and is a good sport in a loss. I disagree with pieplough in that the sport needs it's Titos and Lesnars as well because they make the Fitches look so much better by comparison. Good can only be known as good because there is evil
pieplough- August 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm
Pure class. MMA needs more people like Fitch and less Titos and Lesnars