Jon Fitch and the decline of the closed guard in MMA

Earlier this year Jon Fitch declared that “the closed guard is dead,” following Nate Marquardt’s unexpected loss to wrestler Chael Sonnen. No less than ground-wizard Shinya Aoki backed up the claim. This is the basic closed guard (with gi) in BJJ: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJ5noSl3Rs&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0] More¬†recently, USA Today interviewed Fitch following the announcement of his upcoming match with B.J. Penn, and Fitch got …