About Jon Fitch
We call them lunch pail guys. This refers to athletes that come to work hard, whether it be a practice or game, every single time. Jon Fitch is an MMA fighter that embodies the phrase. After all, if you don’t bring everything you’ve got to a contest against him, your chances of winning are extremely limited. Because you know he’s coming at you with the kitchen sink and more.
Here is his story.
American retired mixed martial artist Jon Fitch has a net worth of $3.5 million dollars, as of 2021. Fitch most recently competed in the welterweight division of Bellator MMA.
- Date of Birth: The biography of Jon Fitch starts on February 24, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Fitch trains at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose. He fights for the UFC organization.
Fitch wrestled for Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana), where he managed to place third in the state tournament as a senior and eighth as a junior. Upon graduation in 1997, he enrolled at Purdue University (graduated in 2002). Unlike many MMA fighters who utilize wrestling for extreme success, Fitch wasn’t an immediate hit in college. Along with this, after redshirting his freshman year he went a combined 16-31-4 during his first two years in college. However, his senior year saw him post a winning record (11-8-2), and become team captain under the tutelage of coach Tom Erikson.
While wrestling at Purdue, his coach (Erikson), a former PRIDE fighter, sometimes brought other MMA competitors to the gym
(Mark Coleman, Gary Excellentridge, etc.). Along the way, Fitch became interested in the sport. He started his professional career as a light heavyweight with a record of 4-2-1 before realizing that he was missing the well-roundedness required to be something special. Thus, he began training at AKA and dropped to middleweight. From there he won nine straight fights, including one over Brock Larson in his UFC debut (decision). After his debut, Fitch dropped even further to the welterweight division.
All told, from 7/19/03 to 3/1/08, Fitch won 16 straight fights, including eight consecutive in the UFC. His streak ended when he finally dropped a contest to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre (decision) at UFC 87. During the streak, Fitch managed to defeat high level UFC contestants like Diego Sanchez (split decision), Thiago Alves (TKO and later by decision after the streak), and Josh Burkman (rear naked choke).
Fitch is solid technically on his feet, possesses good submission defense and better than advertised submission skills. But the reality is that he’s as hard a worker as they come, and that’s his strength as a fighter. He simply utilizes his outstanding wrestling skills, size, and cardio in the welterweight division to break people’s will. Fitch is a ground and pound nightmare.
Some of Jon Fitch’s Noteworthyest Victories:
- Fitch defeats Thiago Alves by unanimous decision at UFC 117: Many believed that this time through Alves would be able to stop Fitch’s takedowns and pick him apart on his feet. Not so fast, my friends. Rather, Fitch was able to take his opponent down at will and grinded out another victory.
- Fitch defeats Diego Sanchez by split decision at UFC 76: Fitch came through against a very tough competitor in Sanchez by utilizing his patented ground and pound style. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.
- Fitch defeats Thiago Alves at Ultimate Fight Night 5 by TKO: Back in 2006, many believed that Alves would be the next great thing in the welterweight division. But an upkick by Fitch followed by punches showed people that there was another sheriff in town.
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