Jon Fitch is feeling relatively carefree. On this autumn afternoon, the 29-year-old is driving to Friant, California. Although he keeps both eyes on the road while cruising down Pacheco Pass Highway, he spends a considerable amount of time talking on a call phone that occasionally loses reception.
Two and a half hours later, the powerful welterweight stops chatting on his mobile device and pulls into the parking lot of Table Mountain Casino. He’s about to walk into the venue and help some of the fighters from his team, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), strategize for their matches at tonight’s event, Melee on the Mountain.
FIGHT! is digging into the archives to celebrate UFC 100. Go here to read the rest of Bear Frazer’s February 2008 profile of Fitch, and check out FIGHT!’s Fitch photo gallery here. Fitch will face Paulo Thiago at UFC 100 on July 11.