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Jon Fitch Has a 'Personality Conflict' With UFC President Dana White, 'Not Completely Happy'

Jon Fitch is back in the UFC and preparing for his next fight. But Fitch's comments this week suggest that he still has some hard feelings toward UFC President Dana White, who fired him and then re-hired him in a dispute over the use of his name and likeness in a video game.

"It was just some personality conflicts," Fitch said this week on HDNet's Inside MMA, not mentioning White by name but clearly referring to him. "But we were able to talk to (UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta) and I have a good speaking relationship with Lorenzo, so we were able to work everything out. I'm back with the UFC. Everything's good and I can't wait to fight."

Fitch went on to say that he understands that agreeing to the UFC's contractual demands is part of doing business if you want to be an elite MMA fighter. He then added, "That's just the way it works. It's business. It doesn't mean that I'm completely happy with all the contractual stuff, but in order to fight the best fighters in the world, you've got to make sacrifices."

The bottom line is that Fitch, though a good fighter, is not a big enough name that he has any leverage with the UFC. So he's going to suck it up and deal with personality conflicts and contracts that don't make him completely happy, because that beats the alternative.

Up next for Fitch is a fight with Akihiro Gono at UFC 94, on the Georges St. Pierre-B.J. Penn undercard.

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