Posted by warglory
I couldn't disagree more. Fitch is the clear front runner for the next title shot. Fitch has fought and beaten convincingly everyone they have thrown at him (including Sanchez; that split decision was a horrible call on the judge's part). Every opponent he has had has been tough, and not one of his opponents has come close to beating him in the UFC. I really don't understand how so many fans can have such a lack of confidence in him. Everyone else in the division has lost matches in between winning them, including the top dogs in the division like Karo, Sanchez, Davis and Koscheck. The next title fight needs to be Fitch vs. GSP/Serra or I will be immensely disappointed.
Ok you disagree, but everyone that disagrees with my points has yet to explain why the UFC hasn't given him better fighters. Why is Sanchez the only "ranked" fighter Fitch has fought in 8 UFC fights? I have provided a detailed argument, but all the people that disagree just say that he has beat good fighters and is undefeated.
I'm not doubting that Fitch is a good fighter and potential contender. I just don't think the UFC has created a situation where Fitch deserves a title shot. Right now I see Fitch in a similar position as Nate Marquardt was when he got his title shot. Nate didn't fight any top 10 fighters and got the title shot. Look at what happened. It's easy to say in hind sight "well it ws anderson Silva" but I am sure a lot of people picked Nate to win that fight.
Here was my detailed explanation from another thread (note this was prior to UFC 82)
Larson's record is impressive, but both losses are his only two fights in the UFC. Also notice that with the exception of Burkman (of whom I have not been really impressed lately) Fitch is fighting these guys in
their first or second UFC match. And most of them were 1-2 or 2-1 in the UFC at the time.
If you look at Fitch's record (IMO) he beat some decent guys when he first came. However, the level of his competition has stayed the same for 2.5 years. GSP is a perfect example (And IMO more typical) of a fighter that has progressively better opponents when he keeps winning.
Let's do the comparison
-First fight is with Larson. Both guys are pretty new to the UFC so it makes sense.
-Second fight is with Burkman. Burkman is a reasonably decent fighter at the time with a couple wins. Fitch wins again. So far makes sense.
-Third fight is with Alves. Alves had a rocky start, but had just come off two wins. Still makes sense.
- Fourth fight with Hironaka. Fitch has a three fighting winning streak a couple of them decent guys and then they give him Hironaka, who is fighting his first fight in the UFC.
-Fifth fight against Luigi. This was Luigi's 4th fight in the UFC, previously with a 2-1 record. Not really what I would call a step up from Fitch's first or second fights
-Sixth fight against Roan. This was Roan's second fight after a decision win against Rich Clementi. Still not a step up in opponents from Fitch's first or second fights
-Seventh fight. Finally Fitch fights a guy that is top ten (not top 5, top 10). This is the fight Fitch should have had for his Fourth or Fifth fight. Yet, he gets it as his seventh fight after Diego loses. It's a small step up, but I get the hunch that he would not have fought Diego had Diego beat Koscheck and he sure as hell wouldn't have fought Koscheck if Diego won.
-Eighth fight upcoming with Chris Wilson. The guy is 13-3, which is decent, but it's his first fight in the UFC, so you have to take that with a grain of salt.
-First fight is with Karo. A pretty appropriate fight I think considering this was Karo's second fight in the UFC.
-Second fight Jay Hieron. Not a step up in competition, but like Fitch, it was GSP's second UFC fight at the time
-Third fight MAtt Hughes. This fight should not have happen so soon IMO. Sure GSP ran a clinic on Hieron, but I think it was too soon for him to fight Hughes and it showed by GSP losing
-Fourth fight Jason Miller. It was Jason's first fight in the UFC, but Georges was coming off a loss. I still think it would have been better to give George Miller instead of Hughes, but hey.
-Fifth fight Trigg. This is where you can see GSP's level of opponents separate from Fitch's and where I think Fitch's (see above) opponents should have been top ten. GSP fights Trigg, who just came off a title fight loss to Hughes, where he came close to winning the fight
-Sixth fight with Sean Sherk. Three previous fights with the UFC and only loss in career was to Hughes as well as a fight in Pride.
-Seventh fight with BJ Penn. Do I need to actually explain this one?
-Eighth fight was a title shot with the guy many considered to be the most dominant UFC fighter at the time.
So you tell me if there is something wrong here.
Fitch goes 7-0 and is now fighting a guy, who's fighting his first fight in the UFC.
GSP 6-1 and gets a title shot (his second title shot)
I know there is some strange timing issues with respect to title shots, but that doesn't change the fact that Fitch should have been fighting guys of Diego's calibre by the time he was 4-0 in the UFC. He is 7-0 now and still not getting the competition he should be.
The UFC is doing it for a reason. Either they don't think is marketable yet or what, I don't know, but he has not gotten the competition he needs to be a top 5 fighter.