Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn Fight to a Draw at UFC 127

By Michael David Smith

In a battle of two of the best fighters in mixed martial arts, the judges couldn’t pick a winner: Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn fought to a majority draw at UFC 127.

One judge scored it 29-28 for Fitch, but the other two judges scored it 28-28, and those two judges made it a majority draw — a disappointing ending that left the fans in Sydney, Australia booing. It was the second time in three UFC pay-per-views this year that the main event has been scored a draw.

Fitch seemed to control most of the fight, and Penn acknowledged afterward that he thought he had lost. But Penn requested a rematch afterward, and that seems likely.

Penn charged across the Octagon and went for a takedown at the start of the fight, a surprising decision to try to beat Fitch at his own game. For the first minute of the fight, Penn was pinning Fitch against the fence, but Fitch managed to reverse positions and hold Penn against the fence for another minute. After they spent the better part of the first round jockeying for position, Penn eventually took Fitch down, an impressive achievement in and of itself.

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Brian Ebersole Shocks Chris Lytle for Cinderella Upset

By Kid Nate

Brian Ebersole waited ten years to make his UFC debut but only took three rounds to shock UFC regular Chris Lytle at UFC 127. Ebersole, a huge underdog took all three judges cards, 29-28 (x 2) and 30-27.

Ebersole opened the fight with a very unconventional and awkward carosel kick attempt that Lytle largely blocked. Lytle countered with a hard right hand. Ebersole shot in but Lytle easily stuffed it. Then he clinched and Lytle worked over Ebersole’s body. Ebersole shot in again and Lytle went for a guillotine but Ebersole reversed. Lytle then got top position as Ebersole worked his own choke attempt. Ebersole then got top position as a bleeding Lytle went after his neck. Lytle then went for a knee bar. Ebersole then landed some vicious ground and pound to end the round. Just before the round ended, Ebersole stood and spun his finger in the air in a dismissive gesture.

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UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch – Quick Results

Event: UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch
Date: February 26th, 2011
Location: Acer Arena, Sydney Australia

Event Bonuses ($75,000)
Fight of the night: Chris Lytle vs Brian Ebersole
KO of the night: Mark Hunt
Submission of the night: Kyle Noke
Attendance: 18,186
Gate: $3.5m

Main Card
Jon Fitch vs. BJ Penn Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Michael Bisping def. Jorge Rivera via TKO (Strikes) 1:54 Rd2
Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-28,30-27)
Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Kyle Noke def. Chris Camozzi via Submission (RNC) 1:35 Rd1

ION TV Preliminary Card
Ross Pearson def. Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-28×2)
Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via Submission (RNC) 4:27 Rd1
Nick Ring def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3) – JUDGES SUCK!

Facebook Prelims
Anthony Perosh def. Tom Blackledge via Submission (RNC) 2:45 Rd1
Tie Quan Zhang def. Jason Reinhardt via Submission (Guillotine) 0:48 Rd1

Non-Televised Prelims
Mark Hunt def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (Strikes) 1:41 Rd2
Curt Warburton def. Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)

Admin Notes:
– Riki Fukuda beat Nick Ring.  He was then robbed by the judges in the worst decision I have seen this year.
– Jon Fitch clearly won the fight. I had it 29-28 for Fitch.

Notes:
– For live Play-By- Play go to Sherdog.com or MMAWeekly.com
– To check out the weigh-in results: Click Here
– To check out the betting odds: Click Here
– To watch this PPV online, go to www.ufc.tv
– To watch the facebook prelims go to www.facebook.com/UFC
– After the event, watch the post fight press conference at video.ufc.com

Stay tuned to the EvilMaster Report for all the headlines following this event.

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Rosi Sexton, And The Continual Fight For WMMA Recognition

By KJ Gould

If I were to tell you there’s an MMA card today headlined by a Top 5 fighter changing weight classes to take on another Top 5 fighter in that new weight class you’d be forgiven into thinking I was referring to UFC 127’s main event between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch (and chastising me for forgetting BJ Penn already moved to Welterweight and blasted out Matt Hughes in a matter of seconds).

I’m actually talking about the headlining bout of Rosi Sexton vs Roxanne Modafferi at Cage Warriors 40 today from London England (on Setanta Sports in Ireland, and on a Free Stream from their site on a limited registration first come first serve basis – Click here for details on how to watch).

Unsurprisingly this weekend’s main focus is UFC and any event the same week of a UFC card (let alone the same day) is always going to suffer from comparatively limited coverage. However BAMMA 5, also in England today from the North West city of Manchester has Paul Daley on the card and there’s interest in if he can beat his opponent Yuya Shirai to ensure a title fight with Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (although Daley missing weight yesterday may cause doubts about his ability to take a fight with Diaz regardless) where we’ll also see TUF star James McSweeney take on former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez who is making a come back – although also missed weight on an agreed 215lbs catch weight. Understandably this gets coverage for name value and what it could mean going forward this year into bigger promotions.

But then MFC got coverage as well this week with the biggest name on the card arguably being UFC vet Drew Fickett – a name for minor shows like Cage Rage 5 years ago perhaps, but today?

And yet Sexton vs Modafferi gets nothing.

 

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B.J. Penn on Dana White: “He wants me to be the champ.”

By Jason Benfari

A jiu-jitsu prodigy at age 17, and world champion just three years after picking up the sport, submission grappling has always come easy to B.J. Penn. But wrestling has been a different animal all-together.

Though Penn is considered to have top notch takedown defense, his offensive wrestling, clench game and ability to deal with high level wrestling has come into question in recent years after suffering losses to Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar, both top level MMA wrestlers.

Penn, who picked up high level jiu-jitsu in a matter of a couple of years, admits wrestling has been difficult to pick up.

“The thing about wrestling is that it’s very rough,” Penn recently told UFC.com. “I don’t want to say it’s not technical because it’s just as technical as jiu-jitsu is, but it’s something that has to be hammered into a human being from a young age and you keep going from there. It really is a hard thing to pick up. Wrestling is not easy.

 

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Fitch’s drive to title shot can stop at Penn

By Dave Deibert, The Montreal Gazette

Don’t bother reminding Jon Fitch that his win-loss record in Ultimate Fighting Championship compares to all but the legends of the sport like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.

You needn’t waste time looking for comment on why his 13-1 mark in UFC has yet to earn him another welterweight title shot when someone like Vitor Belfort returns and gets a championship bout this year despite never winning a match in his current division.

It’s not easy getting a sound bite from Fitch on the perception that his style – which many critics have described as boring – has prevented him from getting another championship match, despite the fact all he does is win.

Fitch (23-3, 1 NC) is only interested in talking about one thing: B.J. Penn (15-6-1) and the UFC 127 main event today.

“I don’t really want to waste any time thinking about anything other than fighting B.J. right now,” Fitch said.

“If I don’t give him full attention and full focus, that would be a huge mistake . I got a job to do on Feb. 26 and that’s beat B.J. Penn. That’s all I care about right now.”

 

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UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch – Weigh-In Results

Main PPV Card
BJ Penn (169lb) vs. Jon Fitch (170lb)
Jorge Rivera (185lb) vs. Michael Bisping (185lb)
George Sotiropoulos (156lb) vs. Dennis Siver (156.6lb)
Chris Lytle (170lb) vs. Brian Ebersole (170lb)
Chris Camozzi (185lb) vs. Kyle Noke (184lb)

ION TV Preliminary Card
Ross Pearson (155lb) vs. Spencer Fisher (154lb)
James Te-Huna (205lb) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (205lb)
Riki Fukuda (185lb) vs. Nick Ring (185lb)

Non-Televised Prelims
Mark Hunt (263lb) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (261lb)
Maciej Jewtuszko (154lb) vs. Curt Warburton (156lb)

Facebook Prelims
Anthony Perosh (205lb) vs. Tom Blackledge (205lb)
Tiequan Zhang (146lb) vs. Jason Reinhardt (145lb)

Note: Click thumbnails to enlarge.

Below Photos by www.heavy.com

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