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Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jon Fitch will be part of a live comedy talk show titled "Steel Cage Comedy Night" July 15 at the San Jose Improv. The first half of the show will feature stand up comedy and the second half will conclude with an interview of John Fitch done by Comedian Kristopher Tinkle. After the show there will be a meet and greet and a chance for autographs and photos.

The event will take place at 8:00 pm on Tuesday July 15.

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana but now fighting out of San Jose, Jon Fitch saw his star rise after it was announced he will fight in the main event for the UFC Welterweight title August 9th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fitch is riding a 16 fight win streak and has tied the UFC record of most consecutive wins set by legend Royce Gracie. The former Purdue wrestling captain still remains unknown to casual fans and a huge underdog to hard core fans.

Jon's opponent on the night of August 9th is George St. Pierre, one of the most popular stars in the sport. He has a reputation for not only winning fights, but doing it in a brutally convincing fashion every time.

"It's unfortunate critics are writing Jon off before the fight even starts. This fight is going to be much closer than people think. There is nothing more dangerous than a guy everyone underestimates and this show is the oppurtunity for all MMA fans in the Bay Area to come out get to know Fitch and let him know that we all have his back." says Tinkle. "This is a great chance to wave goodbye before our guy goes off to war, so to speak."
"The thing that I find interesting about Jon and about the fight is that he is the first to admit that he is not a naturally gifted athlete. He struggled early in his college wrestling career and again when he started his professional fighting career. This is a guy who, through hard work and a strong sense of self, has almost willed himself to be where he is at right now. It's going to be interesting to get to know how a person gets to that point.

Although never a performer, Fitch is excited about the show. "After watching Kris perform I knew that doing an interview with him would be a great chance to do something original" says Fitch. With all of the photo shoots and press that comes with headlining in the main event, the questions always seem to be the same to Fitch. "This is going to be far different from the usual line of questioning so my fans can get to know me better on a more personal level. It's going to be fun."

"This sport is still in it's infancy and I don't think in a few years these mma athletes are going to as accessible as they are right now." Tinkle continues, "There is not another professional sport today where a guy in Jon's position would be willing to go on stage and open up about everything in front of an audience. And many times can you say you got to hang out with the future UFC Welterweight Champion?"

Tickets can be purchased at www.improv.com and at the San Jose Improv box office.
All other inquiries can be emailed to [email protected].

Jon Fitch is a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 21 wins 2 loses 0 draws and 1 no contest. He is currently the number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Title.
For more information on Jon Fitch, visit:

Kris Tinkle is a comedian from San Francisco. He recently performed for the troops in Iraq as part of the USO Tour with David Alan Grier and can be heard on XM and Sirius Radio.
For more information on Kris Tinkle www.myspace.com/ktinkle

Official Website: http://www.symfonee.com/Improv/sanjose/comedians/Bio.aspx?Uid=c03ef90a-b4a5-46ff-aa5c-2986e89d1634

Added by ktinkle19 on July 5, 2008

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