Jon Fitch Reflects On His Career After Retirement At Bellator 246

Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch has retired from MMA

Jon Fitch said: “I’m very proud of what I’ve done.” after retiring following his second-round submission loss to Neiman Gracie in the co-feature bout of Bellator 246. (H/T MMA Junkie)

Fitch’s loss last night was the end of a six-fight unbeaten streak in which he picked up five wins and a draw.

The 42 year-old has now decided to call time on his fighting career.

Speaking to MMA Junkie, Jon Fitch said: “I’m having fun, but at the same time, the body doesn’t react the way I want it to anymore, the recovery’s not quite the same, I don’t want to go down a dirty road, so I think it’s a great time, 32-8-2-1, pretty good, I’ve got titles I’ve won, Neiman’s a great fighter and a great guy and a total class act, I hope he keeps continuing to improve and becomes the champ, that would be great.”

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Fitch certainly has a career to be proud of when he looks back. He won a World Series of Fighting Welterweight Championship and earned a title shot in the UFC against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87, which he lost by unanimous decision. Fitch also fought in April 2019 for the Bellator championship, in which he held Rory MacDonald to a majority draw.

Looking back on the highlights of his career, Fitch said: “The two biggest moments were the GSP fight and when I got to fight in Brazil, just because of the whole, everything around those fights, the buildup, the title fight, everything was amazing.”

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Fitch also said that he hadn’t had time to sit back and reflect on his career whilst he’s still been fighting.

“It’s wild, I haven’t had time to sit back and reflect because I’ve been in it, but I’m very proud of what I’ve done. When I look at the landscape and we’re people are I’m very proud of it. Some mistakes here and there along the way, but overall it’s been a good run. It’s something for my kids to look up to and admire when they’re old enough to understand it.”

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