For winning his first performance bonus in four years, UFC 153's Jon Fitch had to thank opponent Erick Silva.
"Great fights are made when both guys are coming in to finish and take risk, and tonight, he was the perfect opponent for me to show what I'm really about and kind of restart my career," Fitch told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com
An extra $70,000 staved off dire financial straits for the onetime welterweight title challenger, whose boss, UFC President Dana White, said a much-reported rift between the two is a "myth."
"This all stems from the whole video game stuff that happened a long time ago," said White, referring to a public spat with the fighter over likeness rights that ended in a temporary release from the UFC. "You've never heard me say anything negative about Fitch or diss Fitch in any way.
"People complain about Jon Fitch laying on people. This is mixed martial arts. Your job is to keep them from doing it, and tonight, Erick Silva did that. Fitch was grinding him against the fence the way that he does, and Silva got out and countered, and it was a back and forth fight. Both guys looked awesome."