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Jon Fitch issued bounties to black belts to try to choke him out

By Zach Arnold | October 14, 2012

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JON FITCH: “There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of crap I’ve been through the last year-and-a-half and this kind of takes the pain away from a lot of it.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “It was an up-and-down fight. You had your moments, he had his moments. Did you expect him to be that tough?”

JON FITCH: “Yeah, I expected him to be that fast but… we had a rock solid strategy going into the fight. You know, I got to give Zinkin Entertainment and American Kickboxing Academy for preparing me for this. We had some very tough, athletic guys preparing me and getting me ready in sparring and all those guys combined coming in on fresh rounds on me…”

ARIEL HELWANI: “You told me earlier this week that you can’t just win, it has to be an impressive performance. Was that an impressing performance in your opinion?”

JON FITCH: “I think so, I got to go back and look at it… but, you know, I made a few mistakes here and there but I think some of those mistakes were because I was going for things, uh, and you open yourself a little bit. I mean… he footswept me and I frickin took a mouthful of canvas, you know, I think I’m going to be spitting Bud Light emblem out of my teeth. But I mean, he’s a tough kid but I had just too much desire in my heart to let him win today.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Was that the new Jon Fitch?”

JON FITCH: “You know, I think just having confidence in knowing that if I go for something and lose position, I’ll get it back. So, yeah, I think so.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “How’d you get out of the rear naked choke in the second?”

JON FITCH: “Man, I mean, after the training camp for BJ Penn, there’s nobody who’s coming close to finishing me for a rear naked choke. It’s just not going to happen. I was putting bounties out to guys, to black belts starting on my back with deep hooks and still getting out and getting on top. It’s almost a position I used to get on top sometimes because sometimes you can’t sweep guys, whatever. So, I’ll give you my back, give you hooks, let you try to choke me, stick you on your back, and turn around on you.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “What did you say to him after the fight?”

JON FITCH: “I told him he’s very tough, I told him keep his head up, keep training hard, he’s the future of his weight class, future of this sport and not to let this fight get him down.”

ARIEL HELWANI: “Finally, is Jon Fitch back? The guy who fought for the title, made it five rounds with GSP, is that guy back?”

JON FITCH: “I think we have a better Jon Fitch there, so don’t call it a comeback.”

Glover Teixeira on his desire to fight Rampage Jackson:

“Well, I don’t care. I want to fight who wants to fight. I want to fight Rampage if he comes into top shape. I don’t want to fight him if he’s not motivated. I want to fight a guy like [Fabio Maldonaldo] that wants to fight, that wants to make a career in the UFC. Quinton’s got too much money already. Really, I mean he’s talking all the things. … He tell me I disrespect him. I don’t disrespect him at all but I’m not afraid of no man, either, you know.”

Rampage’s response on Twitter:

Yo @danawhite set up that fight with Glover please! Lets give him what he I won’t let u down #fightofthenight

While Jon Fitch was having Fight of the Night at UFC 153 with Erick Silva, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios were having their own little battle:

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7 Responses to “Jon Fitch issued bounties to black belts to try to choke him out”

  1. Alan Conceicao says:

    Sonnen/Jones on TUF: If you doubted that the UFC’s approach to things going wrong was to not change, but just do the same thing twice as hard before, well, there you go.

    • Alan Conceicao says:

      To be fair, “from a business perspective” it is the right thing to do to not have Sonnen be at risk fighting a legit light heavyweight. Just make the fight, cash the checks, and have the bout help Jones to make him an even bigger star. It isn’t competitive, probably won’t do much for TUF ratings (remember the Lesnar season? or the Tito/Chuck one? yup), but there’s a strong contingent of vocal Sonnen fans out there who will pump this one for Dana for the next few months and that’s something that wouldn’t happen for any other opponent they can put together.

    • 45 Huddle says:

      Horrible move from a sports perspective. Just shaking my head at this garbage….

      Not to mention holding a champion up for a TV show AGAIN…. Typically bites them in the behind with an injury.

      And Sonnen has no business in the for the LHW Title….

      So now Jones is fighting two Middleweights in a row…. WTF!

  2. Tomer says:

    I personally look forward to Chael Sonnen fighting for the UFC Heavyweight Championship next December.

  3. RST says:

    Sounds like a safe bet.

    Only short of shmilva verses a one dimensional striker.

  4. Megatherium says:

    It’s taken some doing but I have more or less lost interest in mma thanks to this stuff. It just isn’t to be taken seriously anymore and it clearly isn’t for adult consumption. It is a joke.

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