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Slow Your Roll, Jake Shields; Dana White Confirms Winner of Fitch-Alves Will Face the Winner of GSP-Koscheck Next Year

(Either of of these guys could potentially win the opportunity Saturday night to have GSP rearrange their faces again in the New Year.)

Apparently Dana White Sides with me on my opinion that Jake Shields should have to win at least two fights in the UFC before earning a title shot.

The UFC president announced today during the pre-fight press conference for UFC 117 that the winner of Saturday night’s welterweight showdown between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves will garner a title shot early next year.

Perhaps not coincidentally, in an interview he did at yesterday’s open workout with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that we posted earlier today, Fitch voiced his displeasure at the prospect of Shields becoming the number one contender if he manages to get by Martin Kampmann in his Octagon debut at UFC 121 in October. 

With the announcement by White come a number of intriguing questions. 

Does it matter who wins if St-Pierre gets by Koscheck since GSP had no problems beating either man the last time he faced both of them?

If Alves fails to make weight and Fitch refuses to fight him at a catchweight does he automatically get the next title shot by default?

If Koscheck beats St-Pierre in December, and Fitch beats Alves on Saturday, will they renege on their steadfast "I won’t fight a teammate," vows or will Fitch forfeit the title shot he feels he deserves?

If the Koscheck-Fitch title fight is agreed to by both fighters, who will leave American Kickboxing Academy to train elsewhere and will there be hard feelings from the guy who trains with a different camp?

I guess we’ll have to wait and cross these bridges if and when we get to them, but I’m almost more excited to see what happens if Koscheck beats GSP.

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Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 12:52 am
Ahh wrestleweight, most amusing off all weight classes how I love you so.

For some reason the fight I really want to see is Jake "Hands of Pillow" Shields vs Josh "Nominated for 6 Academy Awards" Fraggleroscheck.

Don't ask me why because I don't know but I want to see that one.
ghostboner- August 6, 2010 at 12:39 am
I thought of a nickname for the #1 contender at SnoozerWeight..........

Jon "Yawn" Fitch! Huh? Huh? Now we can have Jake "The Horny Blanket" Shielzzzzzzzzz vs Jon "Yawn" Fish!

Well it is a good day to be a Fitch fan, but a bad day to be watching his fight against Alves. Tariq nailed it. I wish Dana had said, "Well, if Jon Fitch finishes this fight, then I will consider that title shot. And he has to finish it before I fall asleep. If he just snoozes to another decision, then fuck it, I'm giving it to the winner of Hitman vs Blanket"
KimboSlice- August 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm
WOOO, we know Fitch is a pacifist in all his fights, but I don't even want to think about how he's gonna fight now.
Almost North- August 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Tariq has a hell of a point. Fitch is going to go all pacifist in this one.
Tariq Trotter- August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Thanks Dana, I really love this new trend of announcing that a fight's winner will receive a title shot before the fight takes place. It ensures that the fight will be an action packed war with no chance of the better grappler taking no risks and grinding their way to victory in an all out bore-fest. On an unrelated note, i have never seen evans v rampage or koscheck v daley, though I assume they were pretty goddamn awesome. But seriously....could we have thought of a better way to guarantee Fitch's gameplan will be even less entertaining than we thought possible?
jayc718- August 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm
If Anderson Silva redeems himself and does his job for once against Sonnen then Dana should really consider having Silva fight GSP after he's done w/Josh.
2gq4u- August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm
The scariest part is the prospect of a Fitch/Shields borefest.
I'd be excited to watch shields fight GSP or Alves, all the other cominbations are just not interesting and frankly, probably won't sell that well without a really strong undercard.
mmacanada- August 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm
I think most would agree Fitch is kind of a number 2. But this time around, and the way his last few fights have been, does he even compare to any top rate striker, or wrestler for that matter? He’s only ranked number 2 because of his impressive UFC record (not many top 10 names in that list), a win over a much less Talented Alves, and surviving a 5 round murder from gsp. I legitimately think the title shot should go to the winner of shields and the hit man. Give the winner of Fitch Alves the winner of hardy Condit. If Fitch nocks off Alves then either hardy or Condit, that’s two highly ranked wins in a row deserving of a title shot. Not the sub par opponents and results he’s shown lately. Whatta think?
Dick_Gozenya- August 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I've been asking for punch face so I was stoked to get a fix also.

Punchface! Punchface! Punchface! Punchface!
Cro mag- August 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Don't worry Almost North, it will be the other way around soon enough.
cecils_pupils- August 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm
GSP is not impress
danomite- August 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm
I'm pretty sure Dana is just saying this to piss Jon Fitch off on the slim chance that koscheck wins. That way he can make them fight each other and not make it look like he did it just to spite them. I'm sure if St. Pierre wins DW will forget he ever said this and either give the title shot to shields/kampmann winner or make that winner face the winner of alves/fitch.
AkilleeZ- August 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm
I'm trying to figure out where Diaz poses a threat over GSP...
Almost North- August 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Why would they want GSP to lose? He brings in the bacon.

Of course its Canadian bacon which loses 30 percent of its value after the exchange rate.
AkilleeZ- August 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Thaigo Alves' new profile picture:
Clyde- August 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Interesting dilemma. Rematches of one sided fights, or matchups of potentially outclassed opponents.

I think Hulk may be on to something with the idea of abandonning the belt and letting the rest of the division fight it out. 4/8 man tournament? That's got some potential. I see 4 guys as the contenders but I see no reason not to throw in another 4 in to make life interesting. A couple of visists from the shock upset fairies could spice this title picture up.
PortlandMMA- August 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm
The UFC just needs to sign Nick Diaz if they really want to see GSP lose :)
AkilleeZ- August 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Imagine if thats what Alves face always looked like...
PortlandMMA- August 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm
I really couldn't care less about seeing GSP beat Fitch or Alves again, those fights weren't even remotely close. GSP beat Fitch 50-44 (I think 50-43 on some judges card) and Alves was 50-44 right?

At least throw some new blood in their with Shields, at worst it will force GSP to show his stand-up game.
fatbellyfrank- August 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Those are two pretty awesome punch faces up in that photo
Almost North- August 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Jon "Jake Shields" Fitch is going to get his face all messed up in another 5 rounder....

@Bob Reilly

Strikeforce has some literature they would like to give you....
Bob Reilly- August 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm
I liked Pride, where it didn't even matter what weight class you were in. If it sold seats, they let you fight the champ.
steampunk22- August 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Its not a bad idea. Fitch and Alves both sorta god leapfrogged by Koscheck is the only problem though, so making either one of them fight again, or wait longer, for a title shot is unfair to BOTH of them.

The two of them are ranked #2 and #3 in the world and have been for some time. There's not much need to jerk either of them around.

Although I see what you're saying. Its not the "only" thing that makes sense though.
TheHulkSmash- August 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm
If GSP dominates Koscheck (very likely) and then they give him someone else who he already beat and he beats them again, could he just vacate the spot and let shields take it? That way we wouldn't have to watch shields fight for 25 minutes. Coma inducing shit right there.
AkilleeZ- August 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm
I actually wouldn't mind seeing Jake "Naturally Recurring Altered State of Consciousness" Shields fight GSP...its an interesting matchup. Two great wrestlers fighting for top control....although I think GSP could force Shields to trade with him.