Jon Fitch looks to use the power of the Dragonborn to become the man to finally submit Demian Maia

How motivated is a Jon Fitch that will be awaiting the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC that’s launching mere days after his fight with Demian Maia? It’s like the Elder Scrolls version of a fighter holding off sex before a fight. I mean think about it: you get to ride a dragon across Skyrim and a bit of Morrowind – no can defend. It’s possibly because of this mystical possibility of soaring through the clouds that Jon Fitch is looking past Dragon Priest level Jiu Jitsu ace Demian Maia, but we don’t think so. This Fitch Dragonborn is coming off a FOTN-worthy performance against Erick Silva, and he plans on adding another name to the long list of defeated opponents, this time with a ‘submission’ next to the win column.

This is what Fitch had to say to about taking down Demian:

“I think this fight has the potential to be all over the place. Even though I get labelled as a wrestler, I’ve got competent stand-up and I can use it very well to set up my wrestling. It’s really not that I’m that awesome of a wrestler straight on, it’s the fact that I can use movement, and my hands and kicks and head movement to set up takedowns,”

“You know, it would be a nice feather in my cap, but I think a submission over him would be something I would get out of breaking him, and using pressure to get him tired and make him make mistakes. But I think if anybody can do it, I’m the guy to do it.”

“I really changed my focus before the last fight with Erick Silva. I’m really trying not to pay any attention or care about any of that. I have one fight, and one job, and one thing to take care of, and that’s what my entire focus is. I think that’s something I was kind of lacking in before. I was too scatterbrained. I was too worried about what’s going on over here, or over there and how far away am I from a title shot. I think that takes a lot away from your focus, and I think it took away from my performances. It’s about one guy, and one fight, and I don’t care about what else is going on—and I think that attitude is something that’s paid off. It takes a lot away from you when you’re not focused on that one target.” When Fitch finally meets his target at UFC 156, he expects a fight as thrilling as his last, a visual feast for grappling fans, and a fight that will not soon be forgotten.

“I don’t want to give too much away about my strategy, but I think you’re going to see an exciting fight and two high-level grapplers go at it. I’ll be ready for him.”

Yes, Fitch finished Skyrim, by the way.

Published on February 1, 2013 at 1:18 am
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