A large segment of MMA fans were left surprised a few weeks back when the UFC decided to release welterweight Jon Fitch after the divisional staple fell by decision to Demian Maia even though he was a single scrap removed from a Fight of the Night performance. However, the company’s move didn’t drop Fitch’s jaw even if he wasn’t necessarily expecting it at the time.
“It was a surprise but kind of not really – I’ve always felt there was some kind of issue between me and the UFC,” explained Fitch on Inside MMA. “I never understood what it was, but I never felt like they were happy with me. They never talked to me or explained anything to me about how they felt or where they stood, so it was a surprise in that sense, but it wasn’t a surprise (because) I kind of felt it coming.”
Regarding the next phase of his career coming under the WSOF banner, the 24-5-1 Fitch confirmed he’d signed a four-fight deal and said he expected an opponent to emerge later this month based on how the organization’s next event unfolds.
“There are a number of options but nothing’s been discussed yet,” said Fitch, expressing excitement about the amount of activity he expects to come his way. “They’re gonna keep me busy. I should be able to easily fight 3-4 times a year, and if they don’t keep me busy I’ll be able to find work outside of that organization.”
Fitch will make his WSOF debut on June 14 in Las Vegas at WSOF 3. The match-up will mark his first outside of the Octagon since 2005.
The full interview with Fitch can be seen below:
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