By Zach Arnold | February 27, 2011
A loaded question, right? But it’s a fair one to ask because that’s what everyone is asking right about now. (At least those who aren’t fixated on Michael Bisping’s escapades yesterday against Jorge Rivera.)
If you watch this video interview that Jon Fitch did with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, he’s obviously frustrated and feels at this point that he doesn’t have control over what’s next as far as where things are headed for him. He was frustrated that he didn’t expect BJ Penn to come into the fight with ‘a grappling mindset.’ He was frustrated that the fight couldn’t have been a five rounder because he had the energy to do it. (Later in the interview he says that he would like his re-match with Penn be a five-rounder, whether St. Pierre vacates the title or not.) He was frustrated about judges declaring that Penn won round two, thus making his 10-8 round three ‘one-sided beating’ necessary just to not lose on points. And to top it all off, frustrated that he gets booed all the time and has to answer questions about booing with responses such as ‘I didn’t notice any boos at all, I didn’t hear any of that.’
So, what do you if you are in charge of booking in the UFC? Do you go the Evan Dunham route and pretend that the result should be ‘counted’ as a win in the course of public opinion and put Fitch in a title shot? Do you book a rematch against Penn, this time for five rounds? Does Penn even want the fight (or will he retire)? What happens if St. Pierre beats Shields in Toronto and decides to stay at 170, then what?