G’day, mates! The Octagon has returned to the Land Down Under, the place where ring-girls glow and fighters plunder, for UFC 127 and a card ripe with contendership-determining clashes. Former double-divisional champion B.J. Penn and perennial contender Jon Fitch will meet in the main event for a shot at the UFC welterweight belt with Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera settling their personal score in co-headlining action.
Aussies George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke will also do their best to entertain their countrymen on the primary portion of the card. Sotiropoulos will look for his eighth straight win in the UFC when he faces German kickboxer Dennis Siver while Noke takes on fellow TUF 11 cast-mate Chris Carmozzi to open the main card up.
A handful of preliminary fights can also be seen through Facebook and the ION Network starting at 8:00 PM EST with the PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST as usual. Also in standard fashion, Five Ounces of Pain will be here to bring you all the live results including a round-by-round breakdown of televised fights, so throw another shrimp on the Bar-B, read below, and enjoy!
PRELIMINARY CARD (non-televised)
Curt Warburton def. Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision
Mark Hunt def. Chris Tuchscherer via KO Round 2 (Uppercut)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook – 8:00 PM EST)
Tie Quan Zhang def. Jason Reinhardt via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Anthony Perosh def. Tom Blackledge via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ION Network – 9:00 PM EST)
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Round One: A lot of leg kicks early by Ring. Fukuda worked hard and got a takedown but Ring immediately attacked off his back with a triangle. Ring gave up on the attempt and got to his feet. More leg kicks by Ring. Fukuda landed a good left but Ring returned fire with a knee in the clinch. The round ends with Fukuda getting a takedown and moving into half guard. The takedown may have swung the round in Fukuda’s favor but overall Ring did more damage and was more active on the feet. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ring.
Round Two: More leg kicks from Ring. Ring now starting to throw a good left hand, which is his power punch as he’s in southpaw. Fukuda doing a good job landing body shots after Ring stuffs a takedown. Fukuda got a takedown but Ring with quickly up and he landed a knee to the body on the clinch break. Fukuda landed a good uppercut but Ring fired back with a nice left hook. Fukuda grabbed a plum clinch, landed some good uppercuts and a nice knee before the break. Ring keeps scoring with the leg kicks. Crowd getting restless. Fukuda landed some good dirty boxing near the end of the round. Close round on the feet so that takedown, despite not doing anything with it, swayed things in Fukuda’s favor. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Fukuda.
Round Three: Fukuda starts the round strong with some good combinations followed by a quick takedown into half guard. Ring gets full guard but eats some punches. Ring pushes Fukuda away and gets to his feet. Fukuda landing a lot of short uppercuts as Ring just stands there and covers. Another takedown by Fukuda. Ring tried to get up but Fukuda kept him down with a front headlock. Fukuda had half guard and Ring went for a kimura but Fukuda blocked it before the ref stood them up with 20 seconds left. They did nothing in the final 20 seconds. Clear round for Fukuda and the easiest round to score of the fight. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Fukuda and the fight 29-28 for Fukuda.
Result: Nick Ring def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
Round One: Quick takedown by Huna and immediately into side control. Short punches by Huna but Gustafsson was able to get full guard. Gustafsson able to get up but Huna stayed on him in the clinch. Huna working hard in the clinch but not doing anything. Gustafsson with the takedown, right into side control. Huna quickly up though as Gustafsson went for a kimura. Huna right back into the clinch and trying for a takedown but Gustafsson sprawls out. Gustafsson takes the back, flattens him out, and looks for the choke but Huna survives. Gustafsson gives up on it, lands some punches, tries again, and secures the choke for the win.
Result: Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
Round One: Fisher comes out the aggressor. Fisher landing some good kicks and a good short left hook. Pearson firing back with quick combos. Fisher catches a knee and gets a takedown. Pearson went for an armbar, Fisher tried to slam out of it but Pearson blocked it and got to get feet. Pearson starting to counter the kick of Fisher now with a right hand. Fisher lands a good knee as Pearson ducked in. Fisher doing some taunting. Groin kick grazes Pearson as the round ends. Close round but Fisher seemed more in control and landed the cleaner shots. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Fisher.
Round Two: Pearson looks a lot better this round, throwing good kicks and landing a good straight right. Fisher really landing the straight left though. Pearson lands a good combo and Fisher tells him to bring it. Fisher connecting well with a double left hand. Fisher lands a left hook that gets Pearson clinching. Pearson spins and takes the back but Fisher turns around and reverses the clinch before breaking. Double right by Pearson after taking a body shot. Pearson lands another big right that gets Fisher backpedaling. Round ends with Pearson landing a couple of body kicks. Good round for both but Pearson turned it up and the end and did more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round Three: Pearson tries a takedown, Fisher stuffs it at first but Pearson eventually gets it against the cage. Fisher right back up and away though. Fisher pressing the action now and landing some good two punch combinations. Fisher sprawls on the takedown and gets up. Fisher landing a good straight left but when he misses, Pearson fires back with two-three punch combinations. Pearson now the busier of the two with the combinations. Fisher landing a good counter right hook. Pearson trips Fisher down off a leg kick and jumps into guard. Fisher pushes away and gets up but Pearson clinches and gets a trip takedown into half guard. Short punches by Pearson on the ground as the round ends. Good fight overall but Pearson did enough in the last round to take it. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pearson and the fight 29-28 for Pearson.
Result: Ross Pearson def. Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Round One: Camozzi comes out southpaw. A lot of kicks early by Camozzi. Noke respondes with a flurry of punches. Noke gets a takedown right into full mount. It looked like Noke was going for a mounted triangle but he over stepped and instead got the back when Camozzi tried spinning. Noke got the hooks in and then the rear naked choke, forcing Camozzi to tap out.
Result: Kyle Noke def. Chris Camozzi via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
Round One: Ebersole comes out and throws a carthwheel kick that Lytle blocks. Lytle looking for his right hand. Lytle stuffs a takedown after landing the right. Ebersole goes for a takedown and Lytle grabs a guillotine. Ebersole has his arm in though and manages to escape. Lytle locks it back up and flips Ebersole over and not Lytle has half guard. Ebersole looking for a choke from the bottom. Ebersole tries to scramble up but Lytle grabs a guillotine and falls to guard. Ebersole escapes and Lytle gets to his feet. Lytle drops for a guillotine, Ebersole escapes, Lytle gets up and rolls for a kneebar but Ebersole escapes that and gets on top. Shoulder strikes by Ebersole and Lytle is cut under the eye. Ebersole gets up and does a quick lap a little before the round ends. Good round but a slight edge to Lytle as he was more active in all areas. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Lytle.
Round Two: Lytle keeps looking for his right hand but not quite finding a home for it. They trade big punches and then do some wacky hand gestures towards each other. Ebersole landing some good kicks and then moves away well. Lytle keeps looking for the right hook but Ebersole covers well. Takedown by Ebersole but Lytle right back up. Ebersole lands a nice knee that rocks Lytle. Ebersole goes for a d’arce choke but Lytle escapes. Ebersole on the back of Lytle. Lytle up but Ebersole has a plum clinch and lands a nice elbow. Big slam by Ebersole. Shoulder strikes by Ebersole as the round ends. Very good round for Ebersole. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole.
Round Three: Ebersole tries the cartwheel kick again but nothing on it. Lytle with a nice flurry but again Ebersole covers well. Takedown by Ebersole. Lytle keeps working for the guillotine. Lytle turns Ebersole over with the guillotine. Ebersole turns and escapes though. Lytle still has a hold of the neck and Ebersole finally gets free. Lytle gets up but Ebersole controlling the clinch. They finally break. Both men very tired. Back in the clinch with Ebersole controlling. Ebersole loses his mouthpiece. The ref breaks them and Ebersole gets his mouthpiece back in. Body shots by Lytle. Ebersole gets a takedown after a failed kneebar by Lytle. Quick scramble and Lytle gets up but eats a kick as the round ends. Great fight. Ebersole did enough in the clinch to win the round but it was a pretty close round thanks to the submission attempts of Lytle. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole and the fight 29-28 for Ebersole.
Result: Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Round One: Siver throwing kicks early but Sotiropoulos blocking and moving. Sotiropoulos looking for the right but missing. Sotiropoulos caught a kick and hand Siver hoping on one leg but couldn’t get him down. Siver clips Sotiropoulos with a left in the exchange. Sotiropoulos shoots but Siver throws him aside. Siver goes for the spin kick but misses. Quick exchange where both men connect. Quick left hook drops Sotiropoulos. Siver lets him back up and drops him with another left hook. Siver pounces and tries to finish. Sotiropoulos survives and Siver lets him up again. Sotiropoulos still wobbly as Siver continues to hunt with his hands. Sotiropoulos survives the round but he was in big trouble twice. Great round for Siver. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Siver.
Round Two: Sotiropoulos looks recovered to start the round. Sotiropoulos really working the jab but it’s more pawing than damaging. Siver comes over the top with the right. Sotiropoulos trying for takedowns but Siver shrugs him away with ease every time. Sotiropoulos keeps working the jab while Siver is landing the stronger strikes. Sotiropoulos landing some good punches now. Sotiropoulos putting together nice combos now and looking quicker. The round ends and Siver lands a short head kick. Good round but Sotiropoulos was busier and turned it up at the end. Close round though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.
Round Three: Siver opens up with a leg kick-head kick combo. Sotiropoulos still pumping the jab. Siver stuffs another takedown. Push kick to the head gets Sotiropoulos off balance. Sotiropoulos throwing good straight punches while Siver is loading up more. Sotiropoulos keeps going for takedowns as Siver kicks but Siver keeps avoiding them. Spinning back kick by Siver grazes Sotiropoulos. Siver lands a big right and continues to stuff the takedown. Siver landing a stiff jab now and good leg kicks. Spinning back kick by Siver as the round ends. Very close round but Siver stuffed every takedown and seemingly did more damage on the feet. Very good fight. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Siver and the fight 29-28 for Siver.
Result: Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
Round One: Rivera looking for the right early but Bisping moving well. Bisping gets the takedown but Rivera back up. Bisping grabbed the fence and Rivera gave him verbal hell for that. They trade right hands. Good right by Rivera and he stuffs the takedown. Bisping tries the takedown again and gets it. Bisping stands and lands some good punches. Rivera gets to his knees and Bisping catches him flush with an illegal knee. The ref immediately steps in. The doctors come in to check on Rivera. The ref asks Rivera if he can continue and he says yes. Bisping is deducted a point. Rivera still looking for the right. Bisping landing a nice jab and is the busier of the two. Another takedown by Bisping. Rivera up but eats some punches. The round ends and they trash talk on the way back to the corner. Good round for Bisping but he lost a point for the knee. 5OZ scores the round 9-9.
Round Two: Right hand by Rivera stumbles Bisping. Rivera charges at him but Bisping clinches and survives. Rivera stuffing the takedowns. Big right by Bisping. Rivera covers but Bisping keeps firing punches and then knees. Rivera very tired. Bisping keeps punching away and Rivera finally goes down. The ref stops it. Bisping gets in Rivera’s face after the fight and says, “Apologize. Go home loser.” He also spit in the direction of Rivera’s corner.
Result: Michael Bisping def. Jorge Rivera via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Round One: Penn comes out quick and looks for a takedown. Fitch stuffs it but Penn puts him against the cage. They trade short knees and Fitch turns things around. Fitch tries for a takedown but Penn stays upright and lands some short punches. Penn reverses things and gets the takedown. Penn gets the back of Fitch and locks on the body triangle. Penn loses the body triangle but has the hooks in. Penn looking for the choke. Fitch turns into the guard of Penn. Penn pushes away and gets up. Fitch right back on him. Fitch trying for the takedown but Penn blocks it as the round end. Close round but Penn got the takedown and had back control. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Penn.
Round Two: Head kick by Fitch. Penn rushes in with a knee and Fitch uses that to get the takedown. Penn back up. Fitch doing some good dirty boxing. Fitch keeps breaking, punching, and then dropping a level. Penn cuts Fitch with a short elbow in the clinch. Penn turns the clinch around and Fitch reverses but they break. Penn gets another takedown. Penn gets the back as Fitch tries to stand. Fitch spins into guard again though. Fitch landing short punches and elbows. Penn gets up as the round ends. Another good round but Fitch took it with his clinch control and damage on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
Round Three: Right by Fitch and then he gets the takedown. Penn pushes him off and gets up. Fitch right back on him and gets the back standing. Fitch drags him down and in guard. Elbows and punches by Fitch on top. Fitch is relentless with his strikes and Penn just trying to move. Fitch continues to just beat on Penn with short shots. Fitch continues to grind out Penn as the round ends. Dominant round for Fitch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Fitch and the fight 29-28 for Fitch.
Result: Jon Fitch and BJ Penn fight to a Majority Draw
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