Bellator 220: Jon Fitch Says There’s a “Good Chance” Retirement Has Arrived
By FCF Staff
Although Jon Fitch battled Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald to a majority draw on Saturday, the veteran fighter says there’s a “good chance” his fighting career has come to an end.
The noted wrestler faced MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 220, and although one judge scored the fight for Fitch, two officials ruled the fight a draw. As a result, MacDonald retained the welterweight title and he’ll face Neiman Gracie in the semifinals of the promotion’s ongoing grand prix.
While discussing his future after the bout, the 41-year-old Fitch said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I didn’t lose, so I don’t know if I should keep that promise,” said Fitch, while referring to a promise he made in 2016, that if he lost again, he would retire. “But there’s a good chance it’s my last time. Now, if I got offered the Neiman Gracie fight, it’ll be hard to turn down a chance to win $1 million .”
“…I’m on the fence about walking away. I’ve done a lot in this sport, 42 pro fights, two amateur fights, 17 years of training, and I started wrestling at nine. I’ve been banging heads for a long time. It’s up to me, how I feel. I want to get some picture and see how my body is holding up. I can’t straighten my arms. I’ve lost an inch in reach, and that’s not a good thing. But it’s fun. I have fun doing it.”
With last night’s draw, Fitch (32-7-2, 1 no-contest) extended his undefeated streak to six.