Jon Fitch Says He May Retire, Compares Pro MMA To Pro Wrestling


Jon Fitch hasn’t been seen in action since Bellator 220, where he fought then welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to a majority draw.

The reason that Fitch hasn’t competed is because he either wants a title fight or title eliminator bout, which hasn’t been offered to the fighter at this time.

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“If they offer me more than what I’m currently contracted for, I would fight anybody. But otherwise, a title eliminator or the title – that’s what would do it,” Fitch told MMA Junkie.

Another reason that Fitch hasn’t competed is because the multi-promotion veteran has been thinking about retirement.

Fitch has been thinking about the aforementioned retirement while also think the sport he entered, professional MMA, has become more like professional wrestling.

“I’ve been thinking about retirement for a while because the body is beat up and the money is not there,” Fitch said. “I’ve been doing this 17 years and it’s not the sport I thought it was going to be. It’s not even a sport anymore. It’s pro wrestling without the pre-determined outcome. So it’s a frustrating thing to be bound to these promoters. You never know when you’re going to fight, or if you’re going to get a fight, or if it’s good fight. There’s no merit system at all – it’s all about entertainment. They’re just putting on a show. It’s a show. It’s not a sport, and that’s really frustrating to deal with. That, paired with physical issues – I have kids now, so if the fights are not really appealing, it’s not worth doing. It’s not worth getting into training camp and breaking down my body for the amount of money that we’re making. There’s other jobs you can do and get by and not get brain damage. I’ve being doing this for so long that if it’s not a main event fight and it’s not for a title or title eliminator, it doesn’t really make sense.”

There is no word yet on when or if Fitch will return to action, but the fighter hasn’t picked up a win in almost two years,

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