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All the reason Cutting Jon Fitch was the right move


Like many fans I was surprised when UFC cut top 10 Welterweight Jon Fitch, but the more I've thought about it cutting Fitch is a good move. Here are all the best reason's I've seen for cutting Jon.

- Jon is too expensive. Some people are harping on the $66K number, and saying that is crazy to think that Fitch is being cut over $66K. When budgeting a fight card UFC cannot count on Fitch to make $66K, they have to consider the $132K that he can potentially make with a win. They also have to consider the amount of business that a fighter paid that much will generate. Is Jon Fitch selling $132K worth of seats, and PPVs? No, the other fighters on the card are, but I seriously doubt any casual fan is bought UFC 156 because of Jon Fitch.

- Fitch is on the way down - Jon turns 35 next week. How many MMA fighters (or any athlete's in any sport) have improved after their 35th birthday (without Steroids)? Considering Dana's new take on TRT, take out a guy like Hendo who used it to revive their careers. The only guys that were mentioned to me are Randy Couture, Damien Maia, and Anderson Silva hasn't declined much. If sure I'm missing a few, but the point is that Fitch is at the point in his career where he can be expected to start declining rapidly. Some also look at the 9 or 10 year rule in MMA as the point where fighters decline rapidly... Fitch has passed those marks as well.

- Health Insurance Cost Money - With all the injuries that UFC had last year, UFC had to keep a bloated roster, and bring in a lot of guys to fill in fights on short notice. All of these fighters are entitled to the UFC health insurance policy. Jon has had two 10 months lay-offs since his BJ Penn fight. That is a lot of time that UFC has been paying insurance on Fitch to sit on the side-lines. Dana White said they are looking to give guys three fights a year, so keeping a guy who had two long recent layoffs isn't fitting some of the plans. If we want to go back to the age argument, is there any reason to think Fitch is going to suffer fewer injuries during training moving forward?

- Jon is Bellator Bait - Dana White pretty much said it... "Viacom MMA has a lot of money, let him sign over there." UFC would love to see Fitch sign with Bellator for a few reason. First, as Ben Askren has shown, many of the Welterweights on the Bellator roster have a wrestling deficiency, Fitch even in decline would run through that division and set up a fight with Askren. Ben Askren became Bellator Champion in October 2010... If he had the same, or similar three year contract as Eddie Alavrez he might be in line to be a Free Agent this fall/winter. UFC would love to know just how good Askren is, and Fitch, or even Santiago could be the guy to help them figure it out before they have to make an offer.

- There is a market for MMA right now - Bellator, and WSOF both have TV deals in North America. OneFC is looking to make noise in Asia. Jon Fitch is a free agent, and the market will tell him exactly what he is worth. Bellator has said they are not interested, and that is very telling because the MMA folks at Viacom had a very close look at the prime years of Fitch's career while they were working with UFC.

- Jon will make an amazing trainer and coach, this might be the best thing for him - Nobody has ever confused Jon with being an all time great athlete. He is a grinder, who in my opinion got the most out of the natural talent he had. If Jon retired now, and began training fighters he could become an all-time great at that. He has D-1 level wrestling, Black belt in Guerilla Jiu Jitsu, has improved his striking over the years, and was always good at game planning, and exploiting the weaknesses of his opponents. He also works with one of the best camps out there at AKA, and could tie in with elite trainers to help him along the way.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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