Jake Shields and Dana White Are Pissing Jon Fitch Off

After the Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St-Pierre matchup for the UFC welterweight title in December at UFC 124, Jake Shields looks like the next likely candidate for a title shot – if he can get past Martin Kampmann when he makes his debut in the Octagon next Saturday at UFC 121.

“If Jake Shields should win against Martin Kampmann, it will probably be him next,”  UFC President Dana White said at the UFC 124 press conference.

Shields is now 25-4-1, and while that looks damn good on paper, he is as yet untested in the UFC. The former Strikeforce belt-holder vacated that promotion’s middleweight title to join the UFC after notching his 14th-straight win with an April victory over UFC and PRIDE veteran Dan Henderson.

It’s hard to argue with Shields’ resume. The first and last Elite XC Welterweight Champion, Shields is the former Shooto Middleweight Champion. He trains with Cesar Gracie and is a member in good standing of what has come to be known as The Scrap Pack along with his fellow Gracie disciples Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. His last loss game to Akira Kikuchi, and that was 5 years ago. Shields is currently the #3 ranked middleweight in the world in the USA Today Top 25 poll and somewhat prematurely ranked as the #7 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by Sherdog.

Kampmann, now 17-3 for his MMA career, has won 4 of his last 5 bouts, a streak which includes a win in June win over Paulo Thiago.

Here’s my issue with giving Shields a title fight after only one contest for the UFC; where does that leave perennial contender Jon Fitch?

Fitch firmly believes he should get a crack at the winner of the Shields-Kampmann tilt for the next title shot, and that makes sense for a whole list of reasons. The problem is, and it’s a big problem for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, what do to with current champ Georges St-Pierre in the interim should he retain his title against Koscheck.

St-Pierre is a mighty draw for the UFC, and leaving him on the sidelines as the welterweight contenders sort themselves out is hardly a pretty picture for the UFC.

According to Fitch, that’s not his concern and he’s ready for his shot at the title.

“I would be a little perturbed if Shields got a title shot before fighting me,” Fitch said. “He’s done a lot, but he’d have one fight in the organization and Kampmann’s got losses to guys who aren’t even in the organization anymore.”

That is a very valid point, but it looks like the future holds some annoyance for Fitch regardless of his excellent oratory…

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23 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Fitch has a point, nobody at WW that does not have the title has beaten him, and he has fought the best guys there, but the UFC needs to make the best fights and Shields vs GSP is the best fight out there( if both guys win ). Martin is no pushover, and unlike Fitch Martin can finish by both KO and submission any fight, so I think this is a great test for Jake.

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  • Jak says:

    Well… if Jon Fitch is getting pissed off…

    then at least he knows what it feels like to watch one of his fights… :)

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  • Creature says:

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  • Guthookd says:

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Fitch should just move up to middleweight-It’s obvious that he may never fight for the WW title-He won’t fight Kos and nobody wants to see GSP beat him again

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  • Creature says:

    actually fitch has said he is interested in fighting silva at middleweight.. and since he used 2 fight at 205 he wouldnt really have any probs with being 2 small 4 the class

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  • Dufresne says:

    Fitch seems like a pretty decent guy and you have to respect his talent, but if he really wants a title fight he needs to put his next opponent away and do it with a vengeance.

    There are a couple of reasons that Kos has another shot at GSP and Fitch doesn’t even though Fitch has a better record since his last loss. Kos has a huge personality and Kos tries to finish fights. Since Kos lost to GSP in August 2007 he’s ended 4 of his 6 wins early. Kos on the other hand has finished 0 of his last 6 wins since the same time.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Jak says:
    October 13, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Well… if Jon Fitch is getting pissed off…

    then at least he knows what it feels like to watch one of his fights…

    AMEN

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I wonder if Fitch is still in Dana’s doghouse because of the dispute about the use of his image in the UFC video game. And it’s Kampmann who should be pissed off. Everybody assumes that the next title shot goes to Fitch or Shields, which totally overlooks Kampmann and/or assumes he’ll lose to Shields.

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  • @ Jak

    Well played…

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’m with guthook’d, too many people assuming Martin is gonna get beaten, i got Martin to win and steal the title shot
    Jake deserves a title shot based on his overall mma record, his record is better than jon fitch without a shred of doubt.

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  • Creature says:

    how is his record better without doubt? fitch- 23-3-1 and shields- 25-4-1 id say thats pretty even.. and in my oppinion fitch has fought the better competition as well..

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  • I dont see why everyone is damning Fitch and hoping Shields gets the shot before him. Jake has a similar style to Fitch and IMO is ten times as boring. As far as who’s fought the better competition, that’s a close call as Jake has fought Yushin Okami, Condit and Hendo. I for one think these two should square off provided Jake doesnt get to beat up by Martin First.

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  • MCM says:

    Everyone likes to rag of Fitch for not finishing fights but it’s not like he doesn’t try. Just look at the opponents he’s had since he started his Dec win run.
    Diego Sanchez – never been finished when he fought Fitch
    Chris Wilson – had only been finished once in 20 fights when they fought
    GSP – loss
    Gono – OK, he should have finished Gono
    Paulo Thiago and Mike Pierce – have never been stopped
    Ben Saunders – only been stopped once in his career
    and
    Thiago Alves – hasn’t been stopped by anyone since Fitch KO’d him the first time.
    I think Jon Fitch has more than earned his right to fight for the title over Jake Sheilds or Martin Kampman and shouldn’t have to go through either of those guys first.

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  • Creature says:

    MCM..

    i agree

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  • locoRover says:

    I don’t understand why Fitch or anyone else thinks his “promised” title shot should be kept on the table when Fitch himself has stated that he isn’t interested in a shot if Kos wins. Whether he actually feels that way or not, it probably isn’t the smartest move to say he wouldn’t want a crack at a belt around kos’ waist.

    From a business standpoint, would u want your two “best” fighters to not be interested in fighting each other? No. So the smartest thing to do for the ufc is to plug the next in line, a more marketable, fresh opponent with a good resume. Granted he wins, that is shields.

    Here’s the scenarios as I see them, all assuming shields gets past kampmann, and fitch sticks by his word of not wanting to fight koz…

    1.Koz wins, Fitch gets a fight with shields to determine a title contender. Fitch wins and we r in the same predicament. Shields wins and gets his shot. Either way, we either have a long layoff for the champ, or a rubber match.

    2. Gsp wins. Fitch gets a shot and we see the same beat down, as fitch has shown no noticable improvement since the last fight.

    3. Gsp wins. Shields gets shot. We get a new contender for gsp, while fitch has more time to figure out how to become more marketable/show something thatll make us wanna see gsp-fitch II

    4. Gsp wins. Fitch and shields have a fight for a shot. That puts one of the ufc’s most marketable fighters on the shelf while contenders are sorted out. Could be mid 2011 before we see gsp again.

    Now what would you want to see happen? I know I don’t wanna see a champ on the shelf for an extended period time, especially with shoguns return questionable and last years brock debacle.

    Also, I’m not a fitch fan. Not becuz of his style, cuz I get that its all about winning, but his attitude against fighting koz. If he wants to be the best and fight the best in the world, like he says, fitch needs to be willing to fight his buddy, especially if his buddy is the one with gold around his waist.

    Sorry for writing a book in this, my first post…

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  • MCM I agree as well…I just know Dana is gonna try and keep Fitch from gettin his shot at the belt, because if he wins he thinks he’s hard to market….they dont seem to realize Shields is even worse.

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  • TerribleT says:

    YTF is Fitch in such a damn hurry to get his dominated by GSP again anyway? Does anybody really think he’s stepped his game up enough to beat GSP yet? He hasn’t even finished 1 of the last 5 opponents he faced since fighting GSP 2 years ago. Don’t get me wrong. I think Fitch is a hell of a fighter and 5 wins in a row in the UFC is HUGE but he still hasn’t evolved enough to beat GSP yet. I bet though if he had finished even 2 of his last 5 opponents or hell even 1 if that 1 was his last opponent, Thiago Alves,he’d probably be getting the next title shot. For now he’s just gonna have to be patient and continue to win and he ‘ll get another shot.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    To which I say. Sheilds is on a 14 fight win streak with wins over Lawler, Hendo, Mayhem, Daley, Thomson, Condit, Okami and the list goes on. So what if it was “out of the UFC”. I mean is that supposed to mean something? if he was to beat Lesnar “out of the UFC” that would mean less?. I expect more from people I guess.
    The UFC is just a company and it does not have magical powers in which fighters become better and more significant, that is something that happens inside weak minds when the marketing and spin takes hold. Truth is that if Sheilds beats Kampmann he is more deserving than Fitch, it also happens to be a far better $ spinner too. Don’t get me wrong, Fitch is up there and deserves another go soon if he wins but Sheilds stats in recent years say he is THE contender … if he beats Kampmann that is.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i agree Logic, i feel Jake has a faced a higher caliber of opponents and challenges regardless of which promotion covers the fights. both guys have awesome records though, among the best in mma

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Does it really matter whose next?? The same end result… but I think Shields/ GSP would sell better.

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  • TerribleT says:

    How can anybody say that Shields’ fighting style is more boring than Fitch’s when Shields has finished 8 fighters in a row B4 going the distance with Mayhem and Hendo while Fitch has gone the distance 8 in straight fights? Fitch’s last finish was almost 3 and a half years ago(June 12th 2007)
    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Jon-Fitch-4865
    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Jake-Shields-502

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Let’s face it-Fitch may be a nice guy and all but his advancement in the MMA world is borderline autism-Whenever he is interviewed you would think that his fighting advancements are stellar-when in fact he continues to show up to the cage and bore the eff out of all of us-I know as a Journeyman Carpenter working on highrises that I have to perform everyday of the week without question-I strongly suspect that most of these fighters are a lot more lazy than we think

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