The UFC has officially announced seven match-ups for a February 26 event scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia including the already-expected clash between former double-divisional champion B.J. Penn and perennial title-contender Jon Fitch.
Penn is coming off an impressive twenty-one second knockout of MMA icon Matt Hughes at UFC 123 a little more than a month ago. The win was the first for Penn in the division since 2004, though the gap in time is mainly due to his recent focus on 155-pounds and defense of the lightweight strap.
In a stark contrast from Penn’s record at 170, Fitch has won 21 of his last 22 bouts with the exception being a unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre in August 2008, meaning a win for the Hawaiian would be significant to say the least. Fitch is presently considered by many to only be a nose behind current top contender Jake Shields for a crack at GSP’s title if not more deserving of the opportunity.
In addition to the headlining event, “UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” also features Ultimate Fighter Season 3 winner Michael Bisping facing Jorge Rivera. Bisping is coming off back-to-back decision wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama and Dan Miller, while Rivera has emerged victorious in his previous three in-ring appearances out including a pair of TKOs in his last two match-ups.
Also slated for main-card action is super-slick grappler Georges Sotiropoulos, who will face German kickboxer Dennis Siver, as well as former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit will attempt to become the first individual to legitimately finish Chris “Lights Out” Lytle in a 52-fight career.
The other three officially announced bouts involve a trio of local products, as Aussie Kyle Noke is set to fight Chris Camozzi, while fellow countrymen James Te Huna takes on Alexander Gustafsson and heavyweight Anthony Perosh throws down against debuting Brit Tom Blackledge.
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