He is the MMANews.com number two welterweight in the world and across many rankings lists, Fitch is the consensus top 170lber behind the champ Georges St. Pierre so when Jake Shields was handed a title shot by the UFC brass, Fitch was left out in the cold wondering why he didn't get the shot:
“I think I'm better than Jake (Shields), I think I should be fighting for the title, but I've been given a huge opportunity here to fight B.J. Penn and that's a big fight, belt or no belt,” Fitch stated.
…”We're in a sport of selling fights right now, and the sport's growing, we're trying to get international, trying to get into every country, every household, and part of that is ticket sales is the idea that Jake Shields is coming over from Strikeforce with two belts,” Fitch said. “I understand that, it's a business decision.”