Few fans can forget Fitch’s relative dominance in the Octagon. The hard-nosed grappler beat a number of the welterweight division’s top draws during his eight-year run in the UFC. However, his grinding style wasn’t a hit with everyone including a few folks upstairs who decided to cut him unexpectedly after a decision loss to Demian Maia. Were that not bad enough, Fitch was then promptly choked out cold by Josh Burkman last June in a WSOF appearance, showing the American Kickboxing Academy staple may now be a shell of the man who once strung together eight straight victories under the UFC banner.
The sport of MMA is an up-and-down endeavor with competitors typically being defined by their recent runs rather than overall contributions in the cage. A Mixed Martial Artist can be a breakout star one year and looking for employment the next; a potential-laden prospect one year and yesterday’s news the next. It’s a harsh business and, for more than a few fighters, 2013 has been a period of time many would like to forget. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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