While most mixed martial arts fans remain flabbergasted over Jon Fitch’s (Pictured) unexpected release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC President Dana White offered up a simple explanation for cutting the former welterweight top contender – Fitch’s price tag is far too high for what he’s been producing of late. And if it don’t make dollars, then it don’t make sense.
“He’s super [expletive] expensive,” White stated following Thursday’s UFC 157 pre-fight press conference. “This is the sports business and this is the way it happens.
“Give me a [expletive] break. This is a sport just like any other sport. The Green Bay Packers just cut [Charles] Woodson. And a million other guys are getting cut, traded and everything else.”
Although Fitch owns a respectable 24-5-1 (1 NC) professional record, he’s gone just 1-2-1 over his past four outings.
The 34-year-old’s salary for UFC 127 and UFC 153 were not disclosed because they took place overseas. However, he scored an average of $63,000 just to show up for UFC 141 and UFC 156.
Five scraps ago he pocketed $54,000 to show.
Many believed the 2008 beef between Fitch and White over the UFC video game had something to do with the decision to sever ties with the American Kickboxing Academy product. White vehemently denied “UFC Undisputed” was behind of Fitch’s release.
“This whole Jon Fitch-Dana battle is so [expletive] overrated,” White claimed. “I don’t have one ounce of hate for Jon Fitch. I don’t even dislike him. Not even a little bit. I like Jon Fitch.”
At the same time, White insinuated Fitch’s perceived lay-and-pray style didn’t help his cause. On the glass half-full side for Fitch, White said it’s possible he could return to the Octagon one day.
Fitch was last seen earlier this month dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to Demian Maia.