UFC 127 took place earlier this evening at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
In the main event, BJ Penn and Jon Fitch met for a potential welterweight title shot.
Michael Bisping took on Jorge Rivera in the co-main event.
George Sotiropolous looked to take another step up the lightweight ladder against Dennis Siver.
Kyle Noke and Chris Camozzi met in a middleweight match-up.
Brian Ebersole stepped in on short notice to take on Chris Lytle in a welterweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
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- BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch ends in Majority Draw (29-28F, 28-28, 28-28)
- Michael Bisping defeats Jorge Rivera via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Dennis Siver defeats George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)
- Brian Ebersole defeats Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kyle Noke defeats Chris Camozzi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Ross Pearson defeats Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Alexander Gustafsson defeats James Te Huna via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Nick Ring defeats Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tiequan Zhang defeats Jason Reinhardt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Anthony Perosh defeats Tom Blackledge via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Mark Hunt defeats Chris Tuchscherer via Knockout in Round Two
- Curt Warburton defeats Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Jason Reinhardt vs. Tiequan Zhang: Tiequan Zhang made quick work of Jason Reinhardt in his UFC debut. Reinhardt went for an early takedown, but found himself locked into a guillotine choke he couldn’t get out of. Impressive debut for Zhang.
Tom Blackledge vs. Anthony Perosh: Another quick submission on the Facebook prelims. Anthony Perosh picked up his first UFC victory in front of his hometown crowd against Tom Blackledge. After a few exchanges, Perosh secured a takedown and went to work on his grappling. Blackledge tried to counter with a guillotine choke and armbar attempt, but Perosh escaped both without too much trouble. Perosh then worked his way to mount forcing Blackledge to give up his back where Perosh sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win.
Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring: It was a close one on the feet between Riki Fukuda and Nick Ring, but not on the ground. Fukuda took Ring down at will but still failed to pick up the win thanks to some very questionable judging. I don’t know what made the judges think Ring won two of the three rounds, but all three scored it 29-28 for Ring.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna: James Te Huna started off strong against Alexander Gustafsson, but the tide turned quick. Te Huna came out of the gate with an early takedown and dropped some bombs on Gustafsson. Gustafsson eventually worked his way out though, and jumped on Te Huna’s back during a scramble late in the round. It took two attempts but Gustafsson locked in the rear-naked choke with 30 or seconds left on the clock.
Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson: Spencer Fisher and Ross Pearson vowed to put on fight of the night and while I don’t think it quite reached that level, it was a good close fight. They basically duked it out for three straight rounds. Both landed plenty of strikes, but neither was able to inflict any serious damage. I gave the first two rounds to Fisher and the third to Pearson, but the judges disagreed, awarding Pearson the unanimous decision.
Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke: Kyle Noke was on a mission to get a win in front of his hometown crowd tonight. After a few entertaining exchanges, Noke got Chris Camozzi to the ground, used a few slick transitions to get Camozzi’s back and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win. Impressive win for the Aussie.
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole: Brian Ebersole was given the opportunity of his career to step in on short notice and replace Carlos Condit against Chris Lytle, and he took full advantage of it. Let me say this, Ebersole seems to be an odd dude. He wore headgear out to the cage, had a giant arrow shaved out of his chest hair and threw two completely ineffective cartwheel kicks to kick off rounds one and three. Brian Ebersole, however, is a highly experience veteran of this sport with over 60 professional fights and gave Chris Lytle about all he could handle. Ebersole got the best of Lytle on the ground on several occasions, but the most damaging blow came in the second round when he dropped him with a wicked knee to the jaw. Most men would have been out, but Lytle, being the tough s.o.b. that he is, kept on fighting. His tremendous heart wasn’t enough to get the win though. Ebersole wins the unanimous decision in his UFC debut and may pick up a fight of the night bonus too.
Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos: Heck of a fight between Dennis Siver and George Sotiropolous. It was no secret that Sot’s gameplan was to get Siver to the ground, but he couldn’t get Siver down to save his life. Siver stuffed each and every one of Sot’s takedowns, forcing him to fight Siver’s fight. That didn’t work out too well for Sot in the first round. Siver dropped him twice late in the round and tagged him with several more punches. Sot hung tough though and made it the second where he started to make a comeback. It was much closer round, but Sot appeared to steal the round at the end with a couple nice combos. It was more of the same in the third. Very close round, difficult to judge, but in the end I think Siver deserved to win it. The judges agreed giving him the unanimous decision. Props to George Sotiropolous though for hanging with the kickboxing champion in what basically amounted to an entertaining kickboxing match.
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera: All the tension from yesterday’s weigh-ins carried right over into the Bisping-Rivera fight. Bisping was clearly fighting with his emotions in the first round. After a couple takedowns, Bisping drilled Rivera with a blatent illegal knee right to Rivera’s forehead. Rivera was down for several minutes while the doctor checked him out. It looked like it was over, but the doc surprisingly let it go. Rivera seemed pissed and came out swinging but didn’t look right for the rest of the round. Rivera looked back to normal in the second though and drilled Bisping with a right hand early in the round. It stunned Bisping but he recovered quickly. Moments later, Bisping trapped Rivera against the cage and just unloaded on him. Rivera tried to cover up and escape, but Bisping overwhelmed him. Rivera eventually dropped and the ref called it. I’m not sure if they actually made up after the fight or not. They exchanged words again forcing the ref to separate them, but then Bisping walked around and hugged him.
BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch: I didn’t think we’d see another draw for a long time after Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2, but that’s exactly what happened in tonight’s main event between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch. It was primarily a grappling affair. Both went for takedowns the entire fight and both had their moments on the ground. BJ clearly took the first round with dominant positioning on Fitch’s back and a rear-naked choke attempt, but the second round was much closer. There was an argument to be made for either. Fitch got an early takedown and closed out the round strong with a little gnp, but BJ took his back once again in the middle of the round and nearly sunk in another choke. The third round however was all Jon Fitch. He put Penn on his back early and buried him with elbows, body shots and punches to the face. It was a 10-8 round in my book and two of the judges seemed to agree scoring the fight 28-28 for the majority draw. If my math’s correct, that means they gave BJ rounds one and two and Fitch the third 10-8. I thought Fitch won the second, but like I said, it was close and I can see how they came up with 28-28. A depleted BJ Penn offered to give Fitch the rematch in the post-fight interview, but it’s not clear yet if that will happen. If GSP wins in April and vacates the title, perhaps a rematch for the title will be in order? Just an idea.
Submission of the Night: Kyle Noke
Knockout of the Night: Mark Hunt
Fight of the Night: Brian Ebersole & Chris Lytle
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: 18,186
Attendance: $3.5 million
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie