7.21: Jon Fitch on Chronicle Live
Welcome Joe rich. Welterweight UFC fighter for a number tool right now by assured odd dot com and MMA weekly in. It -- right now geared up for a fight. That you hope is gonna happen I say open -- Tiant held his as your opponent it's gonna be August 7 UNC won seventeen of ORACLE Arena but that's actually. The third time that you -- scheduled to that the fight. -- we actually five four years ago back and we berth but starting on New Year's superior. And then Natalie we've had just medical delays on his party had a knee injury and had something guy ignorant irregularity in as Frankfurt for the -- for 111. I'm glad everything's clear and good to go -- and we're gonna strap on now obvious -- tickets are still available by the way it's going to be an -- Korean and you know I do wanna get into that just for second because it I noticed that you know the last fight was because he -- a cat -- yeah. Does have to go through for every -- -- what is the balance it depends of some states are much more stringent and others California actually has pretty pretty high standards with licensing for athletes new -- merry -- I also those kind of he kind of lucked out that I'd been scheduled and and in majors via otherwise it might have been caught. Now well good for him the there was got to get history not needed. The chance to get in the ring in what you're expected from from Elvis you know he's got -- we tiger leg kick side big strong guy. I'm going to be coming at -- trying to knock me out and the majority can't put -- lie down while you you've you've had a pretty good career especially since going to USC. The only fight you've lost since you -- your seat was talked about. Yeah -- -- five round decision to join saint Pierre not been the number two -- late in the division. Since before that fight mad still and that position comfortably since that fight. And just working my way back to a title shot -- and and when you think that'll come with that let's the say that you get by Elvis you think that that's been in the near future to. I I think it's in the near future for me one issue that I've had a problem with lately is haven't finished my last four fights. -- -- the fans really dictate who's fighting for the title and if enough finishing -- disheartening end of that kind of stuff so. My goal here is put Seattle away and put myself in -- for a title -- until. Does a little bit about your record you actually. Number wrestling background you -- -- Purdue and enough Tom Erickson -- coach there and yeah contribution in the MMA is fighting over Japan time in eastern guys like mark Coleman you see our hall of Famer and I got a division again fought over in Japan. And that you know these guys were really love and their jobs and and get paid well and and I didn't feel like I was on competing after college so as a coin toss. They try to make Olympic team in and I get paid or delay type fighting in and actually make a living out of it. I'm -- with fighting -- news you know rest is history and it's been successful so far and you decided to come to San Jose in the Bay Area is is the Mecca for forever may there is great great day camps all over the bay area's great fighters everywhere. I'm -- -- today if things didn't work out an AK and there's other gyms to go to but fortunately AK I think is the best in the world. I'm it has been since I got here we keep making it stronger every year. Yeah underserved lot of names that have come out of there and hear about it all the time in you know. Well -- talked about you've got an interesting background because you also double a little bit in TV -- you were finalists actually for spike TV's ultimate fighter. I read that you that they think Knicks at the last second your bags and -- -- not you. But I had -- desk he -- the athletic tennis that the -- the planet went face back on the flight react I am a nagging me go to the first season -- -- fire was cut at the last second. And then I yeah I gotta gotta be on -- buses fair fair one of their shows also that you -- sure whether you can actually punch your way out of the call and what was decided they show that I would actually be able to punch my way through the coffin but then the weight of the dirt on top would -- crash itself that. -- -- no win situation -- punch at 14100 pounds of force I wouldn't I wanna be on the receiving end of that let's talk about a guy who broke your record you actually had set the record you won eight straight USC fights that actually tied a record but Anderson Silva has since broken he's got. Well -- counting Albert he's going to be that the main fight on this card fan is he will be taken on jail zoning board the for the middleweight title. What are you know what Anderson and there's definitely more and it has phenomenal fighter. I didn't hit too amazing we've tied it being as a reaction time is if he's the. And it plays where everybody's trying to get to fighter. In an -- that he actually wants to fight Roy Jones junior I don't know if that's all does that still sentinel thing that they are talking about a long time ago but you know with the way contact time lesson and -- willing to step into the cage like James Toney. I fight happen but I think he wanted to prove that. His technical skill could match up with a -- but he's under contract with the AFC and and I and I and I got -- -- his contract out and for good reason but -- These guys think could cross over. You know it's hard to say because it's it's it's been totally different sports I don't think it's fair to compare them at all I think it. It's thank you take a football player to cross trains and and and sprints in and our lifting. You can't send them to an Olympics and expect him to win the track and field events in the and the Olympic lift the I think it's just they're different sports. We use boxing to get better and Emma -- but they're distinctly different sports we need to keep them as separate sports I have all the respect and love for boxers but. Its the -- and just doesn't isn't it meant well and you know what you came upon the wrestling ranks and it's worked well for in the USC. Congratulations on a successful open continues foreigners coming up on August 7 and again tickets available for the bout at ORACLE Arena will -- room and I thank you and Adam.
MMA Fighter Jon Fitch talks with Dave Benz as he prepares for his upcoming UFC bout.