It seems as if every time Jon Fitch steps in the Octagon, the title question comes into play, and how can it not?
Besides a 12-second blip in the radar against Johny Hendricks at UFC 141, Fitch has an impressive record of 14-1 with a draw against B.J. Penn.
The one loss was his title shot against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87, back in August 2008.
Fitch is a deadly all-around fighter but displayed his elite-level submission escape technique to get away from plenty of holds from Erick Silva at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.
The fight was contested almost completely on the ground. With both of them well versed in the submission game, it was a mat contest.
The first round had a fair share of clinching against the fence, with Fitch controlling most of the action.
That control is what allows Fitch to get so many points, even though he takes more damage in the process. Remember, it's based on effective striking, grappling, aggression and Octagon control, and that last one is key.
Fitch survived a rear-naked choke in the second round and was elusive on the ground, but Silva got a little more done this time around.
After a couple close rounds, Fitch got down to business in the third, dominating Silva with dozens of choke attempts and beat a gassed Brazilian all the way to the end.
Fitch has a habit of going to the judges' scorecards. In fact, 10 of his wins have been by decision.
Let us not take anything away from him; you know who else goes to the judges a lot? Georges St. Pierre.
Since losing to Matt Serra, six of St. Pierre's nine wins have been by decision.
Anyway, Fitch is in the same boat, and when we say "best fighter," it spans all weight divisions—so that means over a ton of guys.
There aren't that many, however, who are in the same class as Fitch.
It seems Fitch is fighting better and better and could be a couple fights away from another title shot.
He is fighting for more now; he has a new baby and a family to support. He has even more motivation to get in the cage and show that yes, he just may very well be the best fighter that has never worn a UFC belt.
What do you think? Is there anyone that you can think of who can maybe have this accolade over Fitch?
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