Media, Fighters React to Jon Fitch News
18 fight UFC veteran Jon Fitch was released by the UFC along with 15 other fighters. Below, the MMA media and fellow fighters react to the news.
Tough to tell fighters to put it all out there for a good show if one loss bounces you out the door. As if they needed more pressure.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 20, 2013
Always felt people hated on Fitch way too much. Crazy to see how many people are now his biggest fan. — John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) February 20, 2013
Weird day in the Ultimate Entertainment Championship
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 20, 2013
I think this just crystallized the obvious: UFC isn't a "sports league." They are fight promoters. Different game, different rules.
— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) February 20, 2013
In 7+ years w/UFC, Fitch went 14-3-1, but UFC is hunting cost cuts everywhere. His $66K base & 1-2-1 record in last 4 likely sealed his fate — Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) February 20, 2013
I'm just curious, how do you release a guy that is in the welterweight Top 10....OF YOUR OWN RANKING SYSTEM???
— Stephie D (@CrooklynMMA) February 20, 2013
— Kyle Kingsbury (@Kingsbu) February 20, 2013
The irony here is Jon Fitch put in some of his most exciting fights ever recently. BJ Penn, Johny Hendricks, Erik Silva, all must-watch.
— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) February 20, 2013
Fitch seemed to have a resurgence against Silva. Maia had the perfect game plan. I just don't get it. — Duane Finley (@DuaneFinleyMMA) February 20, 2013
Am very surprised about Fitch being cut, not anyone else.Still, was closer to being cut than you'd think when he was on 2nd win streak.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) February 20, 2013
Jon Fitch being released from the UFC is shocking/ disappointing. He is a true champion, hard working, & a clean athlete. He will be back!
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 20, 2013
— Greg Savage (@TheSavageTruth) February 20, 2013