“No longer a sport” – UFC veteran unhappy with MMA


Since its creation, MMA has evolved to a whole new level. The way the company was run at the time is nothing compared to what it is now. A mixed martial artist and veteran of the UFC, Jon Fitch is unhappy with recent changes in the sport.

Jon Fitch (32-7-2, 1NC) had an impressive career at the UFC. He was on a 16-game winning streak – 8 at the UFC – before fighting for the welterweight title. Although he failed to dethrone Georges St-Pierre, Fitch would win his next five fights. He found himself in troubled waters after his fight against Johny Hendricks and finally tried his luck in other promotions.

To date, Fitch is in the welterweight division of Bellator. His last fight was against Rory MacDonald, who ended in a majority draw. At 42, Fitch is disappointed with the sport of MMA.

The former UFC star is open to other career options

Speaking to MMA Junkie, Fitch said:

“I’ve been doing this for 17 years and it’s not the sport that I thought it was going to be. It’s not even a sport anymore. ”

Indeed, MMA has changed dramatically since the McGregor era. The number of fighters talking about garbage to sell their fights has increased considerably. However, trash talk is not a new concept in MMA. He was also present in front of Conor McGregor. Chael Sonnen was one of the pioneers of the pro-wrestling promotion cup.

Jon Fitch

It all has to do with the business model; many MMA events are broadcast live à la carte. A fighter with good microphone skills will likely get more attention because people want to see him lose or win. In addition, a fighter with knockouts or more flashy bids will be paid more than the others.

“It’s pro wrestling without the predetermined result. So it’s frustrating to be linked to these promoters. You never know when you are going to fight, or if you are going to fight, or if it is a good fight. There is no merit system – it’s just entertainment. They just do a show. It’s a show. ” Said Fitch.

Super fights have also become common. Not only the UFC but even Bellator have started to organize mega fights between champions of two different weight classes. Fitch thinks the sport has become frustrating to manage. He plans to continue if he doesn’t get the money he feels he deserves.

“There are other jobs you can do and get by without hurting your brain.”

Now Fitch plans to consider only sufficiently lucrative opportunities.

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