Actual SBN artwork caption: "Fitch molding Penn's tombstone with his fists."
Jon Fitch deserves a title shot more than anyone you know. The man is a ridiculous 13-1-1 in the Octagon, with the sole marks in either non-win column coming to Georges St Pierre and BJ Penn. Fitch was the first man since Royce Gracie to begin his UFC career with an eight fight winning streak and holds two wins over consensus top five welterweight Thiago Alves. Diego Sanchez, Mike Pierce, Paulo Thiago - all impressive 170ers, on the wrong end of Fitchcisions since Jon's brutal loss to GSP at UFC 97.
Jon Fitch deserves a title shot more than anyone you know, and he deserves one about 50 times more than Nick Diaz does.
While hardcore MMA fans, grappling enthusiasts, and those that savor the tears of fans entirely too committed to a fighter's success or failure can appreciate Jon Fitch for what he does, it's understandable that casual MMA fans aren't exactly thrilled to see his brand of fighting. Hell, his Wikipedia page even lists his style as "Grinding", although I imagine BJ Penn would opt for more colorful language following the 10-8 that Fitch bestowed upon his face whilst perched in BJ's infamous guard. But casual MMA fans, more than anything, need to know that they are watching a sport - not a competition to see who can stand and bang the most. This isn't Gladiator - winning the crowd is secondary to winning the fight - and Jon Fitch is among the best in the world at winning the fight. Keeping him toiling while rewarding Nick Diaz with a title shot would send all the wrong messages to prospective fans.
After the jump, thoughts on why my Fitch/Diaz works - and why it's not being discussed.