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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.
Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"
Brad Blackburn - Bad
Chris Lytle - Lights Out
Dan Christison - The Sandman
David Tank Abbott
Don Frye - The Predator
Ed Herman - Short Fuse
Eric Esch - Butterbean
Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect
Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"
George St. Pierre - "Rush"
Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane
Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse
Ian Freeman - The Machine
Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold
Jason MacDonald - The Athlete
Jason Von Flue - Live Wire
Jeff Joslin - The Inferno
Jeremy Horn - Gumby
Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy
Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"
Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"
Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean
Kenny Florian - KenFlo
Marcus Aurelio - Maximus
Mark Coleman - The Hammer
Mark Weir - The Wizard
Marvin Eastman - The Beastman
Matt Hamill - The Hammer
Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"
Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"
Nick Diaz - "Diablo"
Patrick Cote - The Predator
Paul Buentello - The Headhunter
Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack
Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass
Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"
Randy Couture - "The Natural"
Rashad Evans - "Sugar"
Richard Clementi - No Love
Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer
Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin
Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"
Shonie Carter - Mr. International
Spencer Fisher - The King
Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"
Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer
Urijah Faber - California Kid