B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch Official for UFC 127 Headliner
If you can't get enough of UFC 124 and 125, let FightingInsider bring you a new set of good news. B.J. Penn and John Fitch joins the group of fighters who will take the part of being on UFC 127 happening on February 27.
Good News! The much awaited welterweight bout between B.J. Penn (16-7-1 MMA, 12-6-1 UFC) and Jon Fitch (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) is official. As well as a middle weight fight between Jorge Rivera (18-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Michael Bisping (20-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).
UFC 127 is slated on Feb.27,2011 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. As usual, the night’s main card airs on Pay-Per-View. Officials from the fight organization announced the show however no fights were disclosed yet aside form the headliners. Tickets are expected to go on sale within the week.
Penn is known for his signature exploits as a lightweight as well as his former victory as a 170-pound champion. During UFC 123, after a title loss and a not so successful rematch with Frankie Edgar, Penn returned to the welterweight league for the first time since his January 2009 loss to Georges St-Pierre. He took over his rival Matt Hughes via 21-second KO that earned him the award “Knockout of the Night”.
On the other hand Fitch entered the scene carrying the strength of his five-fight win streak alongside 21 wins in his 22 fights. But then, Fitch was often thrown with criticism about his fighting style. lacking fan support in his bid for the UFC welterweight belt. If he could be victorious over Penn, probably this will give him a chance to avenge on GSP after a 2008 loss.
Meanwhile, Bisping posted a good record of three wins in his four fights. This includes a back-to-back decision wins over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama and a pair of “Fight of the Night” awards.
Rivera has earned moderate success in the fighting arena. With a 5-5 record in his first 10 UFC fights. El Conquasidor has undergone a career revamp with three consecutive wins during his last fights. After tapping out Nissen Osterneck via split decision at UFC Fight Night 18, he also stopped Rob Kimmons ar UFC 104 and ended Nick Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21 last March.