UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch has heard all the naysayers talk about his lack of finishes in the Octagon. To Fitch, who holds a career record of 23-3-1 including a 5-0-1 mark since falling to Georges St. Pierre back in 2008, their words are empty.

Fitch will return to action for the first time since a draw against B.J. Penn at UFC 127 back in February when he meets Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 this coming Friday night from Las Vegas, Nevada.

In meeting Hendricks, Fitch knows that he is the hunted, as Hendricks is trying to use him as a stepping stone much like Fitch has done to others throughout his career.

“He’s got a strong left hand, good clinch work, he’s a good wrestler, good cardio, and he’s good all-around fighter,” said Fitch, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “I think I excel in a lot of those elements and I think that my experience and ability to blend everything together is what’s gonna overwhelm him and win me the fight.”

And, as far as those critical of Fitch and his style, the owner of thirteeen UFC victories says, “All I can do is keep winning and keep racking up those Ws and start putting some people away again. Eventually, I’m not gonna be ignored and my fans aren’t gonna be ignored either.”


MMATraining Take: You can’t deny Fitch and his victories, but the fact that so many people don’t enjoy watching him fight, that is something the UFC takes note of. If Fitch takes care of Hendricks, however, he would likely be right back in contention for the UFC welterweight title.