By Dave Doyle and Nolan King |
September 13, 2020 4: 15 am
UNCASVILLE, CONN. —Jon Fitch always prided himself on doing issues his manner. So it can most likely also restful near as no surprise he’s ending his MMA occupation on his have confidence terms.
The 42-year vulnerable out of San Jose, Calif. supplied his retirement on Saturday night, following his second-spherical submission loss to Neiman Gracie in the co-feature bout of Bellator 246.
This isn’t a story of a fighter who held on too prolonged: Fitch’s loss Saturday ended a six-battle unbeaten bound of 5 wins and a scheme. However Fitch moreover is conscious of what his physique is telling him, so his mind is conscious of it’s time to call it a day.
“I’m having fun, nonetheless on the same time, the physique doesn’t react the arrangement I desire it to anymore, the recovery’s now not pretty the same,” Fitch urged MMA Junkie. “I don’t must tear down a grimy avenue, so I mediate it’s a massive time, 32-8-2-1, beautiful exact, I’ve received titles I’ve received, Neiman’s a massive fighter and a massive man and a entire class act, I am hoping he keeps persevering with to enhance and turns into the champ, that will be enormous.”
Fitch’s occupation included a World Sequence of Combating welterweight championship, and he reached the doorstep in two other organizations. Fitch received eight consecutive fights in the UFC to variety a shot at then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 in Minneapolis, the place he dropped a unanimous determination. In April 2019, he fought then-Bellator champion Rory MacDonald to a majority scheme at Bellator 220.
“The 2 largest moments were the GSP battle and when I received to battle in Brazil, simply on memoir of of the total, the entire thing around these fights, the buildup, the title battle, the entire thing changed into once improbable,” said Fitch, who by no attain missed weight in his 18-year occupation. “The World Sequence of Combating title battle, fighting Jake Shields in Madison Square Backyard, that battle changed into once improbable, simply a listing of hits.”
While these evident highlights stand out, Fitch admits that after a occupation properly-fought, he hasn’t had time to in actuality mediate thru what he’ll be conscious most simply but.
“It’s wild, I haven’t had time to relax and replicate on memoir of I’ve been in it, nonetheless I’m very proud of what I’ve done. As soon as I ogle on the panorama and we’re folks are I’m very proud of it. Some errors right here and there alongside the arrangement, nonetheless total it’s been a exact bound. It’s something for my teens to ogle up to and love after they’re vulnerable ample to be pleased it.”
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