It was inevitable. With some many of the sport’s top athletes training alongside one another it was just a matter of time before the stars aligned correctly for two friends and training partners to butt heads in the Octagon.
It’s my opinion that fellow American Kickboxing Academy trained welterweights Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch currently find themselves in that both fortunate and unfortunate, extremely unique position.
With three of mixed martial art’s top 170 pound fighters in Koscheck, Fitch and Mike Swick all training out of the same San Jose based gym, it had to happen sooner or later.
UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta recently went on record stating:
At the end of the day, we are here to see fighters and we are here to see fights.
If teammates don’t want to fight, then they are just going to have to go somewhere else. We don’t put up with that stuff.
That’s just the way it is. You step up. You’re a UFC fighter and I don’t care who it is, you have to fight.
I couldn’t agree any more whole heartedly with the man.
Now it’s just a matter of seeing how serious the Octagon brass are in their stance that top fighters will have no choice in the matter when push comes to shove.
In Kos’ and Fitch’s case, it has definitely come down to it. Outside of Thiago Alves, the fellow training parners are undoubtedly the best welterweights in the business right now.
Of course I don’t expect for Fitch and Koscheck to WANT to fight one another, but it’s not as if this would be just any fight. A bout between these two would undoubtedly warrant the winner being guaranteed a crack at the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy.
I’d find it hard to see either man backing down from a bout that would insure a chance at accomplishing their dream, regardless of the implications.
Only time will tell what the future holds for these two, but if it’s really about giving the fans what they want and making the fights that people want to see; I’d like to see Jon Fitch fight Josh Koscheck.
Joe Silva, if you’re reading this, do the right thing buddy!