After over 14 years and 38 total MMA contests, Jon Fitch announced Saturday that he may have fought his final bout. After earning a unanimous decision victory to successfully defend his World Series of Fighting welterweight championship against Jake Shields, Fitch announced that "there's a good chance" he would now retire.
Scores were 49-46, all around for Fitch. The former UFC welterweight title challenger has won his last three fights, and five out his last six.
Still, the 38-year-old revealed that recent MRI scans of his brain looked "funny," and gave him reason to consider retirement. "I've been dealing with a lot of medical issues over the years - a bulging disc in my neck. I got a funny reading on my brain MRI just before this fight. There's a good chance this was my last fight," he explained.
"I need to talk to some doctors. It might not be the end, but I'm going to have to at least take some time off."
Fitch campaigned in the UFC's welterweight division from 2005 to 2013. He rattled-off eight straight victories there until he met then champion Georges St-Pierre on august 9, 2008 and lost a unanimous decision.
He continued to fight in the UFC as a top welterweight contender until he moved to the WSOF in 2013. He's fought seven times for the new promotion since then, winning five.
Fitch has also become an outspoken labor leader advocating for MMA fighters' rights and for their organization. In that realm, one of Fitch's main goals has been for U.S. Congress to amend the Muhammad Ali Act to include MMA athletes and promotions.