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Published on Jan 5, 2013
http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ -- Jon Fitch has re-invented himself, or more accurately perhaps, re-invented how he trains and where he directs his focus when it comes fight time.
Those are things that come with time and experience, and Fitch definitely has plenty of experience. He's been to the top of the heap, challenging Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship. He failed to wrest the belt from GSP, but Fitch got right back on the horse, winning five consecutive bouts.
He has slipped since then, going 1-1-1 in his last three fights. He fought BJ Penn to a draw, lost to Johnny Hendricks, but then rebounded with an impressive victory over Erik Silva at UFC 153.
Still trying to get back into title contention, Fitch knows he's not in the immediate mix for another shot at GSP, whom he feels is firmly entrenched at the top for the time being, especially since St-Pierre has Nick Diaz up next.
"I think a shake-up could've happened if Johny Hendricks got the title shot," Fitch said in a media scrum at UFC 155 recently. "GSP will probably defeat Diaz. I think there is a strong possibility the fight after that would be Marquardt, just because it's champion vs. champion.
"So I'm not even gonna consider thinking about any top seed type stuff for the whole 2013. That's already booked, honestly."
That's okay. Fitch is not focused solely on the belt. He's highly motivated by the love of what he does, which is to fight. And the fight in front of him is Demian Maia at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend.
Should he add a victory over Maia to his recent success against Silva, Fitch would be creeping into the discussion about fighting one of the guys that could put him back in line for another title shot.