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Dana White explains why Jon Fitch was cut

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12:22 PM ET 02.22 | Jon Fitch's release by the UFC has been met with some outrage, but Dana White defended his decision after the UFC 157 pre-fight press conference. "This isn't a case where Jon Fitch was ranked No. 9, No. 7, No. 6, No. 4, No. 2 and then we cut him. He was ranked No. 1 ??? fought for the title, then he was ranked No. 2, 3, 6, 7 and now he's 9. That's called the downside of your career. He's lost two fights, one draw and won one fight. 'Oh, it's 'cause he beat Erick Silva ??? he beat (Dana's) guy in Brazil' and all this other s---. Who the f--- has Erick Silva beat? That was Erick Silva's first real fight. It was a great fight ??? he won 'Fight of the Night.' He won a bonus for it," White said.

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February 22, 2013  02:13 PM ET

Dana should just admit that he cut Fitch because a lot of fans think Fitch is a boring fighter...

February 22, 2013  04:07 PM ET

sounds like Dana is fixing fights. Let just talk sports. The celtics of old, boring....Spurs =boring. These 80's kids care nothing about the efficacy of success. Dana needs to come clean or he going to have a suit or certain committee look to see if he has anything to do with the outcomes of these fights

February 24, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Wow. This is a poor move given Fitch could very easily help anchor a card. A fight with McGee or Neer or Koscheck would garner viewers, but to be cut? Fitch was a mainstay and staple of the organization. Seriously think he'll wear a belt at Bellator in short time and wish him well.

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February 25, 2013  03:57 PM ET

I actually agree with Dana here (typically i do not) but the guy needs to go do grappling somewhere. Some other sport where you don't actually strike, because this guy doesn't put hands on anyone pretty much ever and lays on people for three (sometimes 5) rounds. The sport is still entertainment at the end of the day. Guys that try and finish people will always be favored

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