By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
MMA veteran Jon Fitch has announced his retirement from the sport. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native retired following his loss to Neiman Gracie at Bellator 246 on Saturday night.
Gracie made Fitch submit with a heel hook in the second round at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The 42-year-old leaves the sport with a 32-8-2-1 record.
Fitch said in an interview after this fight that if he lost, he was going to retire. He said he would have retired after his last fight; however, it was a draw.
The draw came at Bellator 220 against Rory MacDonald following five rounds.
The orthodox fighter specialized in wrestling. He competed in Welterweight and Middleweight in his career.
He was a Middleweight in 2003 and once again in 2014. Fitch competed in Welterweight from 2002 up until his retirement on Saturday night.
Fitch had 43 career fights, including the aforementioned 32 wins. He won the majority of the fights by decision with 20 wins.
In addition, he also had six wins by submission and another six wins by knockout.
He had four career submission losses, including the loss to Gracie. He also lost two fights by knockout and another two fights by submission.
The Purdue graduate fought for the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 87, before losing to Georges St-Pierre by unanimous decision. He also fought for the Professional Fighters League Welterweight Championship before losing via a submission (kneeler) to Rousimar Palhares.
Despite the loss to Palhares, he was able to win the vacant Professional Fighters League Welterweight Championship in a unanimous decision win over João Zeferino. He then defeated Jake Shields, also by unanimous decision, on New Year’s Eve 2016.
Fitch also defeated Brian Foster to retain the PFL Welterweight Championship by submission (bulldog choke) in 2017, before later vacating the title to sign with Bellator MMA.
After signing with Bellator, he went 1-1-1.
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