If Jon Fitch defeats Georges St. Pierre on Saturday night at UFC 87, he'll break Royce Gracie's UFC record for consecutive wins, with nine in a row. And yet not many people are paying much attention to that impressive winning streak, or giving Fitch much of a chance.
Fitch has been somewhat overlooked, which he reflected on in comments to the Miami Herald:
''I think because of the way I came up through the UFC, a lot of people didn't see a lot of my fights,'' Fitch said. "People develop an attachment to fighters that they see fight live, when they see you on pay-per-view and when they see you on a live event, they watch you fight. They develop a real attachment to you, rather than just seeing some of your fights on the playback, like the UFC Wired or the Unleashed show.I think Fitch is basically right that he slipped through the cracks over the course of his UFC career right now, as his wins, while impressive, have been mostly low-profile. Of course, that all changes if he gets a ninth win Saturday night.
"I think a lot of fans still don't know who I am really and they haven't developed that type of attachment or appreciation for me. It's not really their fault. We have a stacked weight division, and I kind of just slipped through the cracks.''