If you heard yesterday’s World Series of Fighting 3 press conference, you know that the media couldn’t ask enough questions of Jon Fitch‘s thoughts on his former employers over at Zuffa LLC. So much in fact that the media had to be asked to not use the forum as a place to talk about other organizations. In the time Fitch responded, he voiced that he felt “unappreciated” at the UFC, just as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had said in his conference call, the day prior. He also went on to say that it wasn’t easy to be successful in a “hostile work environment” where he had to deal with trash “talk about him under breath.” To this UFC president Dana White responds with a release of his undisclosed earnings, calling Fitch delusional.
In the time Jon Fitch was with us, we paid him $302,000 in discretionary bonuses – $302,000. That’s money that me and Lorenzo decided to give him above and beyond the deal that he signed. He also made $130,000 on performance bonuses for his two ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses. That’s a hostile work environment? Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bull—t.
Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us,” White said. “He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls—. Jon Fitch is so full of s–t. He’s f—ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s–t out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?
“Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f—in dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f—ing opportunities has he not been given? – Via MMAJunkie
If interested, Jon Fitch will be making his WSOF debut against Josh Burkman next week in the main event on Friday June 14 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock.