My lone interaction with Jon Fitch came at a UFC 3 launch party the night of UFC 142. It was pretty awesome, beer was sipped, the crazy 49er/Saints game was blaring and I got to see Jon Fitch’s reaction to Erick Silva demolishing Carlo Prater’s skull with his handsome fists in less than thirty seconds with my own eyes. Fitch nodded approvingly at the young up and comer, then the conversation turned to Skyrim. But back then, the conversation was always turning to Skyrim.
Silva may have lost that fight due to strikes to the back of the head, but he has still burned an impressive path through the welterweight division. I think Jon Fitch knows and respects what a Wallid Ismail fighter is capable of…
Besides being in one of the more underrated welterweight fights coming up, Fitch is getting ready to release his documentary: Such Great Heights. Full Contact Fighter talked to Fitch about his ‘doc’ and his upcoming Brazilian opponent.
“It was pretty awesome. I was pretty surprised at just how awesome they did on the movie; with the production quality. You see a lot of MMA documentaries and they’re just guys with camcorders following people around, but these guys put together a really good story, and found a really good supporting cast with our guys at the gym. The thing I love about it the most is that it’s like a little time capsule of that period in my life. I’ll put it in and watch it just because it picks me up and reminds me how close I came. It was a pretty cool experience.”
“He’s a tough opponent. I like a lot of things he brings to the table. I’m excited for this fight because I definitely think he’s going to be coming for me. Some of the best fights are when you have someone like that, someone who’s just going to keep coming for you. I’m excited to fight him.”
“I’m very excited to get the chance to go to Brazil. One of the reasons that I ever got into this fight game was that I love travelling. I got addicted to it, going to different places throughout the country when I wrestled at Purdue. I didn’t want to get locked down at one job, in one city, with maybe one vacation a year. I wanted to travel and see the world. Fighting was the ticket for me to do that.”
“I’m going to out there and put the old-man strength on him and put the beat down on him wherever I can. I’ve always gone into fights with the mindset that I’m not just going to take what they give me, I’m going to put pressure on them and make them make mistakes. I’ve always done that and it’s always worked out pretty well.”
“I think we’re going to have a really fast fight, and I’d like to submit Erick Silva, you know, I think I can. I think I can get him to expose some things that make him vulnerable and I think I can put him away.”