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Jon Fitch

Jonathan ‘Jon’ Fitch was born on February 24th, 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After high school Fitch went on to Purdue University where he lettered all four years on his wrestling team, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in physical education, and trained under famed wrestling coach Tom Erikson. With plans to move into professional mixed martial arts fighting, Fitch realized that he would need to cross train in other fighting styles. He left home for San Jose, California in order to train with the American Kickboxing Academy following his university graduation.

After running a record of one win, two losses and one fight ruled no contest before his additional MMA training Fitch exploded into the professional MMA scene with newfound confidence and abilities. After defeating noted fighters such as Shonie Carter, Jeff Joslin and Alex Sedyukov, Fitch found out that he was to appear on the original season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter. His UFC debut was put off after Fitch received a phone call while boarding his flight for the season premiere and being told that he had been replaced during the selection process. Fitch didn’t give up and was finally given his shot with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 3rd, 2005, proving himself nicely with a strong middleweight win over Brock Larson.

After dropping a weight class into the UFC’s welterweight division Fitch went on to defeat both Josh Burkman and Thiago Alves, earning himself a spot during a live UFC broadcast. He was scheduled to take on Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC 64 and won that bout with a strong unanimous decision. Fitch’s next fight, another live bout, saw him throw a perfect rear naked choke on opponent Luigi Fioravanti during the second round, winning the fight by submission. Fitch stated publically that he wanted to fight top-ranked MMA welterweight Karo ‘The Heat’ Parisyan next. UFC management held off on their decision, setting Fitch up to face Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 10 first. Yet another rear naked choke earned Jon that win. The UFC next pitted Fitch against Diego Sanchez for UFC 76 on September 22nd, 2007.

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