Former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch went off on his former employer during a media call for his new home at World Series of Fighting. Fitch had some terrible things to say about the work environment in the UFC and the fact that he feels he was given an unfair chance in the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion. UFC president Dana White responded to those comments from Fitch, and you can see he was not buying Fitch’s story.
First the UFC boss went off on Fitch’s attacks against the promotion, which White summed up in one word — “bullsh**.” (Quotes from MMA Junkie)
“In the time Jon Fitch was with us, we paid him $302,000 in discretionary bonuses – $302,000. That’s money that me and Lorenzo decided to give him above and beyond the deal that he signed. He also made $130,000 on performance bonuses for his two ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses. That’s a hostile work environment? Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bulls—.”
“Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us. He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls—. Jon Fitch is so full of s—. He’s f—ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s— out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?
“Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f—ing dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f—ing opportunities has he not been given?”
White went on to explain that Fitch is making this personal when the move was strictly business.
“He was given multiple opportunities and couldn’t win the big fight. He’s trying to make it personal. It’s the furthest f—ing thing from personal.”
“When we released Jon Fitch, I said right then that one of the other organizations would pick him up and he’d be a star there and probably hold their title. How is that not good for Jon Fitch?”
The truth is, Fitch was hitting a rough patch and his grinding style was not appealing to the fans who are shelling out a lot of money to attend or purchase an event. If you want to put on a good product, you need to give the fans what they want to see, so it really was just business.
Fitch may be upset that he is no longer in the top promotion in the world, but he had his shot and now he will have to prove himself outside of the promotion like anyone else.
For now, his attention should be on a title run in World Series of Fighting, not on his former employer.