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Jon Fitch: I Have To Win Over Fans to Earn UFC Title Shot

Jon FitchJon Fitch will look to earn another shot at the welterweight title when he meets fellow wrestler Jake Ellenberger at February’s UFC 126 and will bring a new attitude to the Octagon in hopes of winning over fans after earning unanimous decisions in five-straight bouts.

“If I’ve failed to convince the UFC, Dana White, and the fans that I’m overwhelmingly the No. 1 contender and that I absolutely should be fighting for the belt, then I take that as my own responsibility,” Fitch recently told the LA Times. “If I’m not overwhelmingly, in the fans’ opinion, the guy who deserves it, then I have to win them over.”

Now training with more focus on finishing his opponents, Fitch went on to say his skills are the best they’ve been in five years and that interesting challenges await at 170-pounds regardless of whether teammate Josh Koscheck wins the title from Georges St-Pierre at December’s UFC 124.

“Jake Shields, GSP, and Carlos Condit,” Fitch said. “I’d still want to fight those guys regardless of Koscheck winning the belt or not. If Koscheck holds onto the belt for a while, than I could look at moving up a weight class.”

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