As Jon Fitch’s WSOF debut and his main event tilt with Josh Burkman draws near, interesting details are emerging about the contract that brought him to the relatively new promotion. When the UFC released Fitch earlier this year, following his decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156, many people expected to see the renowned fighter sign up with organizations like Bellator or ONE FC.
As the 35 year-old vet told MMA Junkie.com, however, his WSOF agreement apparently allows Fitch to fight elsewhere if the promotion doesn’t consistently book him fights. Yes, that’s not a stipulation you would normally find with UFC contracts. When asked if might be interested in fighting for ONE FC say, if the WSOF doesn’t keep him busy, Fitch said it’s a “possibility” before noting about its rules:
“I’ve said for a long time (that) people want more finishes in their fights – take away some of the restrictions. Let us have soccer kicks and knees to the ground.”
It’s true. Soccer kicks and knees do have an interesting and violent way of finishing fights. Fitch added that he believes WSOF intends to keep him active, and considering the organization’s relatively small roster (and Fitch’s profile), he’s probably right.
On a media call today the promotion announced plans for an August 10th card in Ontario, California, and a September 14th show in Atlantic City, so one would think Fitch will be on the September show at the latest. Of course, that’s provided he emerges injury free from his June 14th bout with Josh Burkman, who is coming off a first round, stoppage win over Aaron Simpson at WSOF 2.