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Dana White: Jon Fitch “is in line for a title shot” after GSP vs. Serra

Apparently Jon Fitch’s 8-0 record inside the Octagon have earned him a title shot according to a report at the Dayton Daily News. Here’s a quote from Dana White on the matter:

“This kid, in my opinion … he has the Chuck Liddell mentality,” said UFC president Dana White, referring to the UFC’s iconic superstar. “This kid will fight anyone, anywhere … He’s definitely paid his dues.

“He is in line for a title shot once this whole Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre thing gets figured out.”

I have to agree with Dana, here. He certainly has earned his way to a title shot. One would have to think that it will most likely be against Georges St. Pierre, although Serra could do the unthinkable twice in a row. If St. Pierre does win, I don’t see Fitch winning a fight between the two. It would probably be a real grinder of a fight, similar to what we saw when St. Pierre fought Josh Koscheck. GSP’s game is so tight that even someone as well rounded as Fitch will have a lot of trouble with him, especially on the feet. Win or lose, Fitch has paid his dues and congrats to him for earning the title shot.

The real question is: What is Karo Parisyian thinking about all this?

13 COMMENTS
  • Kelvin says:

    While I can understand Karo’s POV…there is no denying that Fitch is more deserving of a title shot at this point. There is no denying what…8 wins in a row…

    I would like to see Karo fight Fitch at some point though.

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  • The Joe says:

    Karo is probably thinking: “Why didn’t I finish any of my last 5 fights?” I’m a big fan of Karo, but he hasn’t delivered much lately!

    A big hello to my buddie DJ!

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  • Rich says:

    well,
    the only way Fitch or Karo will even get the title at all.. is if GSP loses..
    and..
    i wouldn’t bank on that..

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  • jaydog says:

    Karo should be thinking, “damn, I’m gonna kick Thiago Alves’ ass!” Since Karo has faced tougher competition than Fitch, a convincing win over yet another top notch WW fighter will put him further ahead in the line to fight the champ. After all, Dana promises title figths after every UFC event. What percentage of those promises are kept?

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  • egad81 says:

    Karo is good and I like him… but the reason he is not inline for a title shot is that he lost to Sanchez and is on a 3 fight streak. Fitch is on a 8 fight streak in the UFC and fought almost all the same guys….. Also Fitch has more finishes then Karo

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  • Brandt says:

    His 8 wins are definitely against some decent fighters in the division so I can see him getting a shot. I don’t see him winning though, haha.

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  • Wang Chung says:

    i gotta say, i think fitch loses against georges 9 out of 10 times right now. his game is ‘tight’ for the most part, however his recent penchant for getting himself caught up in some fairly serious and deep subs is a little disturbing and i think it’s only a matter of time before a top level guy catches him and applies a sub he can’t escape.

    and fitch looked like a sloth out there the other night in comparison to how fast and light georges is on his feet. i used to think fitch was ready to go, but after seeing him fight wilson, and no disrespect or credit taken away from wilson, he just looked really undynamic out there when you do a side-by-side comparison.

    also, i think fitch commenting about georges being ‘afraid’ of the knockout might be fact, however i think jon is missing the point of what georges does to his opponents…which is school people at their strengths to make a point. his point against matt in the second fight was to show matt and the world he could smoke matt standing. then he schooled kos, and the reason he took matt to the ground in the third fight was to make the point that his biggest rival at WW isn’t on the same level striking OR ground fighting. besides, they clinched up, the td was there, plus georges had just come off a retarded wrestling training camp, so why not school hughes at his own game?

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  • Wang Chung says:

    as for karo…i know fitch has paid his dues, but i think a karo vs. fitch makes sense. fitch has really wanted it, and karo just doesn’t feel like the #1 contender, so i think the ufc needs to get it done. and if that is a problem for either fighter, they should remember that st. pierre was basically the #1 contender through like 3 fights. after he killed sherk everyone thought he’d done enough to fight hughes. but then they threw him bj penn of all opponents.

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  • Grape Knee High says:

    “What is Karo Parisyian thinking about all this?”

    Asking what Karo thinks about anything is making a big assumption that a dumb meathead like him is capable of rational thought.

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  • Arturo says:

    If Karo can not finish Thiago Alves than i think that guarantees Fitch the title shot. That will be two common opponents and Fitch would have two wins while Karo would have a loss and a decision win.

    I don’t think that the GSP/Serra thing is a mess like Dana White has said. Its pretty simple they fight and the winner is the welterweight champion. The real mess is figuring out the number 1 contender. After the fight night that will be figured out.

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  • Rich says:

    are you calling Karo a meathead??

    where the hell did that come from..

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  • screwface says:

    karo is good fighter, but on that season of tuf with his argument with nate diaz he did kinda look like a meathead, not to mention his interview on inside mma a few weeks ago, once again making himself look borderline retarded with some of his statements about women fighters. not taking sides, but just givin you some background on karo. hes an excellent judo artist but the last guy id call if i was stuck on millionaire :p

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  • mmadude77 says:

    Fitch is in line for the shot because he deserves it! Karo lost to alves and that blew his chances of any title shot in the UFC. Fitch could be the guy to take it to GSP. Don’t count Fitch out.

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