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If Jon Fitch has any clout left with the UFC since being fired and re-hired by the organization because of a dispute over signing over his likeness rights to the UFC Undisputed video game franchise, the American Kickboxing Academy fighter may get the winner of the UFC 121 welterweight tilt between Martin Kampmann and Jake Shields.
"The next time a title shot is coming around is probably going to be a while, so I’m kinda thinking I might wanna fight again before the title shot. The winner of Kampmann-Shields would be a perfect match-up. I’ve known Jake [Shields] for a long time. He’s a good friend of mine. I’m all about fighting the best guys in the world and we’ve known for a long time that this day would probably come where we’d have to fight. So be it."
If you recall, Fitch was supposed to get next dibs at the winner of the UFC 124 Kos-GSP showdown, but after his lacklustre win over Thiago Alves at UFC 117, Dana White reneged on giving him the next title shot, saying, "We’ll see," when pressed about it at the post-fight press conference.
If he gets his wish and there is a god, Kampmann will get the nod over Shields so we aren’t subjected to three rounds of Fitch and Shields dry humping, snuggling and spooning.
Seriously. If Joe Silva looks at that fight on paper and thinks "this one’s gonna be good," maybe it’s time he reconsiders his line of work. Never has either fighter been talked about in the same breath as the words, "exciting" or "fireworks" unless the word "not" appeared somewhere before them.
Looking at the UFC’s roster of 170-pound fighters, it seems more likely that the winner of the fight will be next in line for a title shot, so Fitch may have to settle for the loser.