According to a March 12 report from MMA Fighting, former UFC star Jon Fitch has signed with the World Series of Fighting combat fight promotion, just weeks after getting booted from the top MMA organization in the world.
Fitch could have easily called it a career and taken up a reputable job in food service, but he decided to stick with the MMA gig.
Most fighters who get kicked out of the UFC try to move down to regional promotions in an effort to work their way back up, but Fitch sounded like a man content to fight elsewhere for the long haul.
"I didn't know what was quite expected of me and I never felt right in the [UFC] organization," Fitch noted. And by nearly everyone's estimation, the American Kickboxing Academy welterweight's run with UFC was almost always contentious both inside the cage and out.
Fitch says he has plenty of fight left in the tank at the tender age of 35.
"No, in no way," Fitch said of the assertion that he's on the decline. "In no way am I on the downside of my career. I don't agree with that at all. And I never really got that much recognition as a number-one contender when I was under contract.
"I never felt like I got a lot of attention that other people did that were doing the same thing as me," Fitch continued. "But, the important thing is that I am going to be with an organization now that I feel we're really going to get a chance to do something big.
Fitch says he'll be fighting on June 14 as part of the World Series of Fighting's main event.
"I think this is just going to be a fresh start and something a lot better," Fitch said.