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MMA News: Fitch, Henderson, St-Pierre, Pellegrino, UFC 144 and More

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Jon Fitch told MMAWeekly Radio that he has three goals left in his MMA career.

“I’m living for the fights. That’s what I love. I don’t think there’s anybody out there who I can’t beat. If I’m in shape and healthy and my timing is on, there’s nobody in the world I can’t beat. My goals are: one, to win the welterweight belt; two, avenge my loss to GSP; and three, I would like to move up some day and challenge Anderson (Silva) if he’s still around and undefeated, just because that’s the kind of person I am. I want to challenge the best. I want to go up against the best. I want to prove to everybody that I’m the best.”

Well, if he gets another shot at GSP, and somehow pulls out a win, he’ll accomplish both Goal 1 and Goal 2. As for Goal 3, I don’t see that happening in the slightest. Defeating GSP, a fighter that had his way with Fitch, would be a heck of a feat. Fitch defeating Anderson Silva? A snowflake would have a better chance in Hell. No disrespect intended, but Silva is 10 levels above Fitch.

Benson Henderson tells MMAWeekly.com that he eventually see’s himself moving up in to the welterweight division. “155 is my weight class and I’m going to own it. I want 55 to be synonymous with myself, I want to be synonymous with the 55-pound weight class, but that being said, the older you are the harder it is to cut weight…It’s kind of getting old. I don’t like it so much anymore. It is hard on the body. People don’t realize how much of a factor it is…As I get older, I eat healthier, try to eat the right things, make all these little sacrifices that it takes to be a champion… Hopefully, eventually my technique catches up where I can hang with guys that are freaking 20 pounds heavier than me, and use more of my speed when they’re bigger and slower, and my technique makes up for them being stronger than me.”

He’s already a large lightweight, so moving up won’t be out of the realm of possibility. Especially since he recently said he plans on becoming an even larger lightweight fighter, adding more muscle to his frame. If he ever become the lightweight king, it would be great to see him make a run at the 170lb title.

In an interview with QMI Agency Georges St-Pierre said that Nick Diaz’s trash talk doesn’t affect him. “I’ve seen it all from everyone before. If they’re trying to get into my head and make me fight a bad fight, it’s just mind games and it doesn’t work. I don’t even understand [or] speak English very well. I don’t understand most of the things that [Diaz] says when he trash talks. I don’t really care. I’m just going to focus on hurting him.”

Nick Diaz is going to talk trash. That’s what he does. And it might not affect him now, but how will it affect him during the fight? I can’t wait to see this fight.

During the press conference for the UFC 144 event in Japan, the UFC officials revealed the last three fights that will be added to the card. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will face Vaughan Lee, George Sotiropoulos will take on Takanori Gomi, and Tiequan Zhang will battle Leonard Garcia.

This card is another stacked card, and heavily laden with Asian talent. Expect a sellout as soon as these tickets go on sale.

Following a first-round loss to Patricky “Pitbull” Freire at Saturday night’s Bellator 59 event, Kurt Pellegrino has once again called it a career. “This will be the last time you ever see me fight.”

I think Pellegrino might be jumping the gun, again, but it’s his decision. And, the fight might have been called a bit early. He was tagged pretty good, but most would say the fight should have gone on a bit longer.