“UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” took place inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Former multi-divisional champion BJ Penn faced Jon Fitch in the card’s featured attraction. The welterweights were battling for next dibs at the welterweight crown.
After 15 grueling minutes of action, two of the three judges deemed there wasn’t enough evidence inside the Octagon to declare a definitive winner. As a result, the 170-pound top contender bout concluded in a highly controversial (29-28 Fitch, 28-28, 28-28) majority draw.
Speaking of drama, after Michael Bisping ended Jorge Rivera’s night early with a 2ndRound TKO drubbing, the boisterous Brit spit in the direction of Rivera’s corner and proceeded to taunt his battered rival to his face. He clearly didn’t appreciate “El Conquistador’s” pre-fight videos.
Bisping immediately apologized for his despicable behavior, but the damage may have already been done.
Curt Warburton Defeated Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mark Hunt Defeated Chris Tuchscherer via TKO at 1:41 in the 2ndRound
Tie Quan Zhang Defeated Jason Reinhardt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :48 in the 1stRound
Anthony Perosh Defeated Tom Blackledge via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:45 in the 1stRound
Nick Ring Defeated Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexander Gustafsson Defeated James Te Huna via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:27 in the 1stRound
Ross Pearson Defeated Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyle Noke Defeated Chris Camozzi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:35 in the 1stRound
Brian Ebersole Defeated Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Dennis Siver Defeated George Sotiropoulos via via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)
Michael Bisping Defeated Jorge Rivera via TKO (Punches) at 1:54 in the 2ndRound
BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch Majority Draw (29-28 Fitch, 28-28, 28-28)
Fight of the Night:
Brian Ebersole & Chris Lytle ($75,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Kyle Noke ($75,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Mark Hunt ($75,000)
UFC president Dana White did not attend the presser.
UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik said 18,186 rabid Aussies packed the Acer Arena in Sydney, earning the company a live gate of $3.5 million.
James Te Huna is donating his full fight purse to New Zealand earthquake relief and the UFC is matching his contribution.
Michael Bisping claimed if Jorge Rivera wants him suspended for his post-fight antics, it’s “one classless move after another” from him and his camp. However, the Brit apologized again for his inappropriate actions following his victory.
Jon Fitch stated he was disappointed with his performance and wished he didn’t have to face the “title shot” question any longer.
BJ Penn said he understands Fitch wants to fight for the belt next, but believes Fitch needs to post a win over him before advancing to a championship affair.