View Full Version : What Jon Fitch Must Do to Beat BJ Penn in UFC 127 Down Under

01-28-2011, 03:02 PM
Jon Fitch must fight his own game in the best way that he can.

And no, he doesn't have to finish to please the hordes of lay and pray witch-hunters who belong to the vanguard of the instant gratification school of spectatorship.

But if he does, well and good. (Curiously though, and this is one of the ironies of the combat sports, the more a fighter itches and obsesses for that crowd-pleasing finish, the more elusive it gets. Conversely, the more he sticks to the game plan and goes with the flow, the likelier it happens. And was Maynard spent after he went gung-ho over that teasing knockout in his first championship round in UFC 125!)

If he doesn’t, and even if he loses, the more introspective minds will still admire him for living up to Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s classic philosophy of, “What counts in life is not the victory but the struggle; the essential thing is not to conquer but to fight well.” And it is also a given that the more one struggles and fights well, the more one conquers.

Jon Fitch has always fought well. This is indisputable and quantifiable with a 23-3-0 record with one no-contest.

In his warrior’s quest, he has even tied the legend Royce Gracie’s record run of eight consecutive UFC wins (a record eventually broken by Anderson Silva).

He is a top welterweight contender who fought valiantly even in his loss to defending champion Georges St. Pierre and has rebounded in his usual dominant fashion ever since with five successive victories.

To dismiss him for not being able to finish off his opponents is more of an insult to the ability and heart of the latter than it is to him. Anyone who thinks Thiago Alves could be easily knocked out or submitted, please raise your hand (and post on the comments section below the link to the video that would incontrovertibly prove your claim).

Jon Fitch could grind in true working-class mode, but he could and would finish off his opponents if the opportunity—which the probability becomes rarer the tougher the competition gets—presents itself. He had won 10 fights by stoppages, five apiece via TKOs and by submissions.

Yet in spite of his sterling record and dedication to the sport, he became a victim of injustice, in a blatantly arbitrary manner.

Dana White originally announced that the winner of Fitch vs. Alves II in UFC 117 would next face St. Pierre for the championship, but right after Fitch convincingly won over Alves for the second time, the UFC president made a U-turn and imperiously stated post-fight that his “Twitter (followers were) not too excited about Jon."

Yes indeed, his Twitter followers cum Ivy League-PhD-holders-in-MMA weren’t too hot for a Fitch vs. St. Pierre rematch, and so be it.

Now if that wasn’t a whimsical and capricious change of mind of a dictator in connivance with his tweeting minions, then I don’t know what it was.

107561970_crop_340x234 BJ Penn and Jon Fitch staredown.

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Which leads me to ask, “How many boxers who aren’t blessed with knockout power are being vilified by boxing fans with the same vitriol that Jon Fitch receives from MMA fans?”

Would they rather that this class of boxers urgently retire, in spite of the youth, courage and indomitable spirit manifested as the pugilists sacrifice themselves atop the ring? Heck, even Manny Pacquiao wasn’t able to finish all of his opponents!

They are “boring?” Then, don’t watch them. As if we can really resist, as we subconsciously fight our own personal battles vicariously through them in the relative safety of the bleachers or the comfort of the couch in front of the TV, as some kind of mild catharsis, while munching popcorn.

Nevertheless, Jon Fitch gets to fight another day and headline a UFC event near the end of next month Down Under.

Maybe he wants but can’t kill within the Octagon, but this fighter is always ready to win and die inside its hallowed halls.


Yup, yours truly only offered a humble and brief advice to Jon Fitch, which is the very first sentence of this article.

My apology goes to anyone who might have been misled by the title and was expecting a so-called expert analysis and gameplan. I'm leaving that to Fitch, his trainer Dave Camarillo and the American Kickboxing Academy, and to those who know better, like Twitter friends.

As an afterthought, what should BJJ specialist and knockout artist BJ Penn, in turn, do to beat Fitch?

Same advice.

Kenny Powers
01-28-2011, 05:58 PM
I agree that the Fitch bashing is a bit much. He's one of the best in the world at what he does and he will stick to his gameplan as usual and try to grind out a decision against BJ. And with that said, BJ wins

01-29-2011, 02:29 AM
Fitch is gonna have a hard time with a guy he cant takedown easy, cant hold down easy and who is much better than him standing.