While his style hasn’t always pleased the masses, Jon Fitch’s
extended track record of success has made him a Top-10 welterweight
UFC for years.
The former Purdue Boilermaker was at the peak of his powers in
2008, as an eight-fight winning streak to begin his UFC career
earned Fitch a shot at welterweight king Georges St.
Pierre at UFC
87. Fitch didn’t capture the title that night, but the story of
how the American Kickboxing Academy standout nearly reached the
pinnacle of the sport is captured in the recently released
documentary, “Such Great Heights.”
With Fitch as its central character, the film -- directed by Jonah
Tulis and produced by Tulis, Philip Frank and Jesse Osher -- takes
an in-depth look at the welterweight contender’s life as it was
both inside and out of the cage some four years ago. Plenty of
other AKA staples such as Bob Cook, Javier
Mendez, Dave Camarillo, Cain
Velasquez, Josh Thomson
Koscheck make appearances along the way as Fitch prepared for
the biggest bout of his career.
Although “Such Great Heights” was unable to secure rights to show
clips from Fitch’s fight with St. Pierre, the film features plenty
of backstage footage leading up to and after the bout. The
documentary is currently available through iTunes and On Demand in
the United States and Canada. The film’s Facebook page promises
that a DVD will be released “soon” as well.
Thus far, “Such Great Heights” appears to be well received since
its Tuesday release.
“Getting lots of great feedback from people finally seeing ‘Such
Great Heights,’” Fitch recently tweeted. “Make sure to see it