Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of MMAjunkie.com
Joao Zeferino (20-8) found himself in the position of so many who have stood across the cage from Jon Fitch (28-7-1) when the two met for the welterweight title.
Zeferino was faced with the relentless pressure of Fitch, who was willing to engage in a striking battle between fits of clinch battles against the cage to avoid the submission threat on the ground. As Zeferino wilted under the pressure, Fitch turned it up, putting the fight on the ground with more regularity and landing punches and elbows to the head and body.
While the fight continued to slide more and more out of his control, Zeferino refused to back down, spending much of Round 5 looking to lock up a limb for a “Hail Mary” submission. Fitch did not fall victim to the threat, however, and continued his trademark “Fitching” of Zeferino with wilting ground and pound to the final bell.
The scorecards reflected the dominant control of Fitch, reading 50-45 across the board as he captured the belt.
The victory was Fitch’s first in a major championship bout, finally securing a belt around the waist of the 38-year-old.
Welterweight Title Fight Co-Main: Jon Fitch def. Joao Zeferino via Unanimous Decision (58-45 x3)
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