UFC returns to Sydney after a very successful initial jaunt down under with UFC 110. This time, UFC 127 has a welterweight match-up between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn as the headline fight.
While this isn’t a title fight (Georges St Pierre currently holds that honor), Penn v Fitch is an intriguing bout between two very fine fighers.
Penn was thoroughly roughed up by St Pierre at this weight and his recent form has been patchy to say the least. Frankly, I think welterweight is a class too far for Penn and that his Brazilian ju-jitsu skills are more suited to fighting at lightweight.
I’m going to have to pick Jon Fitch as the winner of this headline UFC 127 bout – he’s simply stronger, bigger and a better wrestler than Penn. Penn would have to hope for a knockout but I don’t think he’s going to be able to get close enough to Fitch to deliver that kind of blow.
Let’s not forgot, Jon Fitch has only lost to Georges St Pierre at this weight division and I don’t see that changing at UFC 127.
Another UFC 127 fight to preview is Michael Bisping v Jorge Rivera. Rivera, who is something of a veteran these days, has been mocking his opponent in recent interviews – something I think is very unwise.
While Rivera is by far the stronger puncher and a man who can take some serious punishment without going down, Bisping has a greater range of skills. His ground and pound, in particular, has improved significantly and his wrestling is also much better. I fully expect Bisping to wear the older man down and win – most likely by submission – in the third round.
You can catch all the UFC 127 action from the Acer Arena, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on February 27, 2011. As with UFC 110, the event is scheduled for early afternoon local time, so USA MMA fans will be able to see it at the usual start times back home.
You can find the full UFC 127 fight card below and can get the latest UFC 127 betting odds at UFC Betting Today.com.
COMPLETE UFC 127 FIGHT CARD
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Curt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge