Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Jon Fitch sounded off in a recent interview with MMACanada.net, discussing his current frustration with the UFC, and calling out MMA veteran Nick Diaz for his attacks on him. Diaz is currently scheduled to face Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137, set to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“He’s the only man that’s ever talked s**t about me, and he talked s**t about me when he was protected by not being in our organization.” Fitch said. “He’s not protected by that anymore. I feel that his recent career is very padded. He fought at 160 against some very small guys, and he fought at 170 against guys who couldn’t wrestle. I’ve never had anyone talk s**t about me, and I don’t deserve to have s**t talked about me.”
Fitch was also confident he would eventually get his shot against Diaz, stating “Me and Nick Diaz are gonna fight. We’ll fight.”
It does make sense that Fitch is calling Diaz out now, given how much hype the Stockton, California native has around him right now. An MMA fight between the two will be evenly matched, and Diaz’ aggressive style will ensure it doesn’t turn into stale grappling match.
Fitch doesn’t plan to stay idle while waiting to see what happens between GSP and Diaz at UFC 137. Fitch is currently aiming for a fight against Martin Kampmann around the same time. Kampmann’s incredible takedown defense should make a fight between the two MMA fighters interesting, and I have to give Fitch credit for not looking for easy fights.
Fitch took a lot of criticism for his performance against BJ Penn at UFC 127, and the 33 year old MMA fighter seems to have a chip on his shoulder. It’s as if fans forget that GSP is the only MMA fighter that has been able to defeat Fitch in over eight years.