UFC 127 will take place on Saturday February 26th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Headlining the card will be a bout between former UFC champion B.J. Penn and top-ranked welterweight contender Jon Fitch.
The co-main event will be a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera, a fight that has turned into quite a grudge match as Bisping has clearly taken a dislike to his trash talking opponent.
The UFC held a pre-fight press conference on Tuesday, February 22nd.
On hand for the rather lively event were B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch, Jorge Rivera, Michael Bisping, Kyle Noke and George Sotiropoulos.
Preliminary fights on this card will begin at 8pm ET on facebook. ION television will then broadcast addition preliminary bouts at 9pm ET. The main card will begin at 10 pm ET on pay-per-view.
“George said the crowd is phenomenal and it’s hard to even hear yourself think. I got tunnel vision before my fights, so hopefully I’ll be able to go out there and perform. Obviously the crowds going to help get me psyched up for the fight, but I still got a job to do and I’m going to go out there and do it.”
"I don't look at it as pressure, I look at it as support. Its great to receive such a great welcome and reception, especially at home."
"I've got a big fight to prepare for. I'm fighting in the premier fighting organization in the world and I'm trying to behave accordingly.
I'm a professional fighter, I'm not an idiot in the schoolyard making up silly rhymes and jokes and making stupid videos.
This is a press conference, by the way Jorge, this is what you do. I know this is your first time involved in something like this, welcome to the big leagues. After this you'll be back to the undercards, believe me.
I'm looking forward to the fight, looking forward to correcting him on a few of his opinions. I believe he's massively underestimated me and I'm looking forward to making a fool out of him on the night."
"Some of it was for fun and some of it was to get into his head and you see how he reacts.I'm cool with it."
'I want to do most of my talking on the night. I'm going to do my talking with my fists, knees, kicks, elbows, jiu jitsu, wrestling. Half of that stuff he doesn't know what it is.
Jorge's a relic, he's a throwback to the beginnings of mixed martial arts. I'm a complete mixed martial artist and I'll be showing that to him on the night."
Rivera then responded, "I'll look forward to that."
"And so do I," responded Bisping.
The exchange lead to laughter and claps from Penn, who said, "great speech."
"Regardless of having that little bit of an advantage of people who have intimate knowledge of B.J's early days, he's been around for so long and there's so much wealth of video and fights out there.
B.J. Penn is B.J. Penn. There's no mystery. He's great at what he does and you have to be prepared for it.
I highly doubt that he's going to come out with some flying technique that no one's seen before.
B.J sticks to what he's good at and he's good at what he does and he gets things done by doing that. I'm going to have to prevent him from doing those things."
"A lot of it has to do with just my ideology of getting my skill set to where it needs to be and the time it takes to get your skill set to that point before opening yourself up.
A lot of guys rush to open themselves up, but their skill sets not there. Well, people love you, but you suck at fighting and you're not going to around very long.
So I made sure I got my skill set to where it needed to be on top and to stay on top for a long time and I've gotten it to that point. Now I feel I have the opportunity to let people in and know me more.
Everything comes in stages and steps and this was the time for this to happen and I'm embracing it now."
'My opponent's jaw is this big."
"Right now I'm about 165 pounds, but I'll probably drink four pounds of water to make Fitch think I'm bigger than I am.
I could definitely see myself fighting at lightweight again. I walk around at 165 pounds and it's pretty easy to make the weight.
Being at that weight and fighting at welterweight, some people might say 'hey, you're a little small,' but my arm is this big and my opponent's jaw is about this big, so I think we can do some damage if we connect."
"The number one rule everyone needs to remember is that everyone loves a winner.
It doesn't matter what kind of style you have, if you lose, you're out and no one's going to know who you are when you lose.
It's more of a slow progress, but I'm getting fans with every performance because I'm giving myself 100 percent to finish the fight, whether it happens or not hasn't been in my grasp the last two years, but I plan on changing those things."
"I haven't really thought about anything other than fighting B.J. He comes to the table with such a set of skills and such an aura about it him that I think it would be, not only disrespectful, but also foolish of me to think of anything else."
"Look at the last video, that is something my nine year old son would come up with, so if it was scripted I do feel very sorry for them."
"It's kind of like if I kill him, I get his power. I play a lot of video games and there are plenty of video games that relate to that.
If I destroy this legend, then I'm going to take all his wins and put them in my back pocket. I'm going to take that legacy and start building my own."
Penn then commented, "That ain't going to happen," which brought laughter and a smile to Fitch's face.