The human blanket is back. At WSOF 24 in Mashantucket, Conn., the Jon Fitch of old showed up in full force, securing a unanimous decision victory over former-middleweight-turned-welterweight Yushin Okami.
It wasn’t pretty, but with Fitch, it rarely is. Throughout his professional career, Fitch cashed his checks with his relentless takedowns and his smothering top game. Even at his highest peak – when he challenged for Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title at UFC 87 – Fitch was not the most athletic man in the cage. He never packed game-changing power in his fists (or shins, elbows or knees). His submissions weren’t slick, polished and technical.
But more times than not, Fitch got the job done. That’s just what he does. He neutralizes his opponent with a strategy that’s one part high-level wrestling, one part iron will and all parts frustrating for opponents and fans alike. After taking Okami down multiple times throughout rounds two and three, it became clear that Fitch wasn’t about to show off any new wrinkles.
He was who we thought he was: Jon Fitch, grappling extraordinaire, decision machine. He was simply too strong, too prepared and too motivated for Okami. While the former UFC middleweight title challenger ….View original article