Jon Fitch among 16 fighters released from UFC on Tuesday

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FastKnockout
2/20/13 3:58:17PM

Posted by SmileR


Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by SmileR


Posted by cowcatcher

Wow, I'm not a Fitch fan, but that baffles me. He's going to do well wherever he ends up.



This has seriously pissed me off! How can they cut Fitch and expect people to believe they have a complete roster?
Regardless of how harsh or low you rank him he's still top 10. He's only lost to GSP, Maia and Hendricks and I'd put money on him beating Hendricks if they fought again!
I can't find one top 10 WW ranking with out Fitch on it!

What the fuck is Joe Silva and his group of chumps thinking?
Who are they going to replace him with? A TUF guy? Hype up Alves again? Maybe Silva who he just beat in one of the fights of the year will take his place?!

Regardless of if you like his style he's top 10 and deserves a place in the UFC and cutting him for a loss to the two guys who are talked about as the number 1 contenders is a joke! Especially when he just beat an up and coming guy like Silva!

This has seriously pissed me off! Fuck you Joe Silva!



EDIT: cowcatcher, sorry if that seams like its at you I have no idea why I quoted you! You're still beautiful in my eyes!



Does Joe handle the cuts?



Him and his team yeah. They should be fired for this!



I knew he handled the match-making and whatnot but I wasn't sure how much power he had in the releases.
telnights
2/20/13 4:29:56PM
Shocked by the cut of Fitch. They just picked up a bunch of new fighters with merger of SF but I see no reason to cut Fitch.
SamPan
2/20/13 4:44:11PM
Woah. So he loses two of his last three fights. I'd still pick him against most of the top 10 in UFC's ww division (including a Hendricks rematch). Sad day
grappler0000
2/20/13 4:56:54PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin


Posted by iwannabesedated

Fitch Vs Askren

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I'm down for this!




Winner takes home a golden Snuggie®
prozacnation1978
2/20/13 4:57:10PM
Leonard Garcia has a job not fitch
Fucked up !!
UFC_Fanatic
2/20/13 5:00:48PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Poor_Franklin


Posted by iwannabesedated

Fitch Vs Askren

.



I'm down for this!




Winner takes home a golden Snuggie®



I'm down for this fight. It was the first thing that came to mind when I read this after the thought of how bullshit it was. I'm also down for the stakes of a golden snuggie.
TheCatFather
2/20/13 5:11:38PM
DAMN thats crazy
TheCatFather
2/20/13 5:12:21PM

Posted by grappler0000



Wow, a few of these are hard to swallow.



Thats what she said....
shaneTpain
2/20/13 5:13:17PM
Pssshhh i could care less about Fitch but Mike Russow, Vladimir Matyushenko, Che Mills, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago!?!?!? booooooooooo
BeeR
2/20/13 5:17:43PM
Not a fan of his, but Fitch is going to run right through the Bellator roster
Lungsofsteel
2/20/13 5:22:01PM
why wasnt someone like paul harris released? he has two ko loses in a row and tested positive for elevated testosterone levels his last fight
BillsNewAccount
2/20/13 5:24:20PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin


Posted by iwannabesedated

Fitch Vs Askren

.



I'm down for this!




Me too
BillsNewAccount
2/20/13 5:30:09PM
I'm baffled by the release of Jorge Santiago. The dude steps up to fight Gunnar Nelson, someone who is completely unknown and incredibly dangerous on short notice and in a different country. He put on a great fight and was swinging for the fences to end the fight...

And then they boot him.

What horse shit.
Chael_Sonnen
2/20/13 5:49:17PM
Fitch gets the pink slip but Wanderlei doesn't
isk
2/20/13 5:51:33PM
This is super shocking. Never have I seen so many cuts on the same day, involving as many guys with crazy tenure. Fitch is the most shocking, right, and the theory about turning down a late notice replacement for MacDonald wouldn't be surprising if true.

I'm not saying Dana owes us an explanation, but it would be welcome. This is unpredecented, and we may be looking at 1-2 in the last 3 as the new 0-2 when it comes to cuts.

And yes, I agree that Garcia being in the UFC for as long as he has is ridiculous, especially in light of the guys being cut today.

Absolutely shocking.
cowcatcher
2/20/13 5:54:41PM
After thinking it over, I guess this is a notice to all the fighters on the roster that just winning isn't enough, the UFC brass wants you to be exciting above all else. Everyone else in this thread has mentioned guys still on the roster with worse UFC records than some of the guys that got cut, and it goes to show that there is a premium being put on putting on a show. I'm not saying I agree with it, it's just easy to see.

EDIT: Let's not forget that Dana has had problems with Fitch/AKA in the past, and I'm sure that stuff played a role in this even if it wasn't the biggest factor.
LightsOUT23
2/20/13 6:14:16PM
I think this is a blow for the WW division. Fitch is still a top 6 WW and for Dana to cut him just like that is madness.
mrkennedy
2/20/13 6:18:54PM
WTF

Santiago deserved another fight after the Nelson fight.

Jay Hieron fought 2 top10 fighter he deserved one last shot

Che Mills and Paul Sass are to one dimensional to advenced through the ranking

Dana always had a beef with the way Fitch faught.
DrivenDavies15
2/20/13 6:49:44PM
Undeserving for Fitch to be cut for sure
It's so disappointing to see one of the best WW's cut because he doesn't finish fights? Lets be honest 1-2 in his last 3 against top competition doesn't warrant a release. Sucks because he works just as hard as every other top guy if not harder, and still finds success.
bootyclause
2/20/13 6:51:23PM
my old computer almost crashes every time I click on a link like this with SBNation MMAFighting site featuring 800 comments by the readers all jammed onto one giant web page. Poor design.

Just had to say that.
bootyclause
2/20/13 7:10:04PM
Also, Jon Fitch cut from UFC, wrestling cut from Olympics, Mike Piazza not in Hall of Fame, KISS not in Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

That's the Mount Rushmore of all time screw jobs.


I'm pissed, Im not buying another PPV until Fitch is brought back. He's one of my fave fighters. He's the Bret Hart of mma - excellence of execution.
babalu46
2/20/13 7:10:16PM
Can't believe this absolute crap right here today!! Fitch in no way deserves to be cut this solidifies the UFC not as the best MMA promotion in the world but the most popular.

How can proven drug cheats get second chances but a hard working guy like Fitch with 14 UFC wins gets cut? Complete madness!!
Sir_Karl
2/20/13 7:15:24PM
A couples wins in the minor leagues and many of these guys will more than likely be resigned. If they lose in the minors though they are doomed.
tmas
2/20/13 8:07:21PM
this isnt the first time the UFC has cut Fitch. There is a history of issues here and its all coming to a point where they finally said see ya.
BeeR
2/20/13 8:12:08PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount

I'm baffled by the release of Jorge Santiago. The dude steps up to fight Gunnar Nelson, someone who is completely unknown and incredibly dangerous on short notice and in a different country. He put on a great fight and was swinging for the fences to end the fight...

And then they boot him.

What horse shit.



he's 1-5 in the ufc, beating justin levens, and unfortunately, they cant match him against the kid who works at the concession stand, so he wasn't likely to win another fight, rendering him useless to the UFC.
He fights better everywhere else anyways, its for the best
ry_dawg63
2/20/13 8:47:28PM
WTF Dana? i know he's not the most exciting fighter, but he's still top ten! hell, i would even say he's close to top five! just shows how the fighters are really treated in the UFC
MMA-San
2/20/13 9:12:27PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

I'll never forget my first Ufc event.
Three names I wanted to see fight most
Liddell shogun and Jon Fitch
Ufc 76 knockout. Hope he bounces back but thanks for the memories. Diego vs Fitch was stellar



I'll never forget this as the very first time in the history of the playground that you have returned to a topic to post more than one reply. Seriously...HOLY FREAKING SHIT!!!

Chael_Sonnen
2/20/13 9:15:23PM
Not cool with this at all....soooooo, Melvin can snort lines and lose on countless occasions and still have employment but Fitch gets shanked in the back, prison style? Horrible.

How does a stiff like Tibau still have a job after 20 years??

- - War Fitch-Master in Bellator.
MMA-San
2/20/13 9:16:53PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

Leonard Garcia has a job not fitch
Fucked up !!



3 fucking times in one topic...holy shit...you may actually read this.

Its snowing in Phoenix right now. Prozacnation posts 3 times in one topic. Fitch is released.

THE WORLD WIL EMPLODE!!!

grappler0000
2/20/13 9:31:54PM
Here's something to think about. Bellator recently went on record as saying they don't want to pick up UFC rejects...since there's a reason why they were let go. I'm curious to see if they hold to that or not.

Who knows, maybe Fitch is the bait that the UFC has set out to see if they will bite.
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