BJ’s brazen opponent

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Fitch makes a mean face at BJ at weigh-ins. Photo: Josh Hedges.

A Jiu-Jitsu black belt with 23 wins and just three losses in MMA, Jon Fitch comes into this Saturday’s fight at UFC 127 against BJ Penn on a roll. During his current five-fight winning streak, Fitch has overcome the likes of Thiago “Pitbull” Alves and Paulo Thiago.

“I always looked for tough fights and BJ Penn is one of them. It’s a great honor to be the main event in Australia, and I’m focused on positive things. BJ Penn is so dangerous that he’s the only person I’m thinking about right now,” says the fighter.

Jon’s last loss came in his title challenge against George Saint-Pierre in 2008. If he beats BJ, he should get another shot at the belt. There’s no lack of desire from him.

“I’m like a striker who’s not making goals. But even during this phase, I still beat the top guys easily. Now with the improvements I’ve made, the recession is over and I’m going to beat BJ Penn.”

If that happens, Jon knows he’ll have moved up a notch in MMA history.

“You have to beat a legend to become a legend and I think this will be one of those wins that will elevate my career and status in the sport as one of the names that will not be forgotten,” he says in closing, on the UFC website.

This Saturday’s main event features two Jiu-Jitsu black belts. BJ has the distinction of being the first non-Brazilian to have won a World Championship at the highest level. But Fitch guarantees his ground game is on par.

Want to see how he does in the gi? Then check out the video below:

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