46 Date (4/6) of 2006 when welterweight Jon Fitch scored his second UFC victory and pushed his win streak to an impressive nine straight. The win came at the expense of Josh Burkman when with only three seconds left in round two at Ultimate Fight Night 4 he tapped due to Fitch sinking in a rear naked choke. Burkman had talked his fair share of trash about Fitch, and was on The Ultimate Fighter. A show that Fitch was slated for until receiving a call fifteen minutes before he boarded the plane for Las Vegas.
Fitch wrestled at Purdue University where he walked on and eventually became the team captain. He had an outstanding career that might have been a lot better if not for a knee injury. One of his coaches Tom Erikson used to fight in PRIDE. One thing led to another and Fitch slowly turned to MMA. He didn't have training partners, didn't know exactly what he was doing, but fought anyway.
It was good that he did because in an interview at Onthemat.com he talked how because of those early fights and Sean Sherk vouching for his potential he ended up signing with Dewayne Zinkin who managed a lot of fighters at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. As Fitch stated in the interview, "The day after my last final from grad school I packed up everything I had in my Buick Regal, put my dog in the front seat and drove out to California."
The victory over Josh Burkman is just another date that re-affirms Fitch's decision to make the trip to California and ultimately AKA. Since the April 6th win two years ago today, Fitch has continued to show that he is a force to be reckoned with by marching through six more tough opponents. His UFC streak now sits at eight and his overall winning streak is 15.
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