Long time UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch was released by the UFC today after going 1-2-1 in his last four fights, fights that included a one-punch knockout loss to Johny Hendricks, a draw against BJ Penn, and most recently, a one- sided unanimous decision loss to jiu- jitsu ace Damian Maia. Despite getting the axe from the UFC, Fitch still holds an impressive record of 24-5, so a big name fight in another promotion would be the logical next step for the American Kickboxing Academy fighter. Here are five fights Fitch should take next:
- Gerald Harris- Harris was on a four-fight win streak until losing to Josh Burkman at World Series of Fighting’s first event in Las Vegas. Despite the loss, Harris still sports an impressive record of 21-5 and is still a big name in the MMA world. Also, both men are coming off losses, so the matchup seems suitable.
- Gilbert “Giba” Galvao- Galvao is 22-4 and is currently riding a four-fight win streak. Galvao has 14 submissions so this could be another test for Fitch’s ground game coming after that tough loss to Maia. This could be a nice matchup for World Series of Fighting’s third event.
- Paul Daley- Another big-name fight, everyone knows who “Semtex” is and what he brings to the table. If Fitch decides to go the Bellator route, this could be a huge fight for both fighters. This would be a great test to see where Fitch’s striking game lies and to see if Daley can handle another dominant wrestler.
- Paul Bradley- Another man who was cut from the UFC but still has a solid record of 20-5, and has seven knockouts and seven submissions to show for it. “The Gentleman” is also coming off a loss, so this would make the matchup acceptable. This is a solid fight if Fitch decides to go the WSOF route.
- Ben Askren- Why not give Fitch a shot at the Bellator strap right off the bat? He still only has five losses and is still a top ten welterweight. I am eager to see just how good Askren’s wrestling is, and this will keep Fitch relative in a title picture. I realize Fitch is coming off a loss, but he is still a top contender regardless of the promotion.