Wanna Fight? Jon Fitch Has Advice For You

Jon Fitch at UFC 127 Open Workouts

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Are you an aspiring fighter? Jon Fitch gives some helpful career tips if you are.

Fitch has fought for the UFC welterweight crown. He’s been in the Octagon with Georges St. Pierre, and went the distance. He has defeated Thiago Alves twice, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago, just to name a few. He’s been ranked the No. 2 welterweight in the world for more than two years.

In his 27-fight career, he’s picked up a few things along the way and passes them on to anyone considering mixed martial arts as a profession.

“The first thing I would have to say is make sure you’re focusing on developing your skill set,” said Fitch. “A lot of guys jump into fighting way too early. You should be training hardcore, developing your skill set for three to five years, at least,” added the American Kickboxing Academy trained athlete.

“You hear this all the time, guys training for three or four months and try to start fighting professionally. It’s a huge mistake, “ said the welterweight contender.

“You take a couple of early losses and it will take you a decade to erase those from your record. “

“On top of that, develop your game, “ advised Fitch. “It’s not going to do you any good to learn a bunch of techniques if you don’t have a system to use those techniques.”

Fitch headlines UFC 127 on Feb. 26 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia against former champion B.J. Penn.

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