UFC 127 Fight Card: Live Play-by-Play and Results Slideshow Blog
UFC 127 is quickly approaching, which means a possible title shot eliminator bout between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch is on the horizon. George Sotiropoulos, Michael Bisping, Chris Lytle, and others will also be looking to prove that they are worthy of fighting for a belt at tonight's event.
Bleacher Report is here to bring you round-by-round coverage and analysis of every fight taking place on the UFC 127 fight card. Play-by-play and results will be available right here beginning at 7 P.M. EST. So, keep you browser tuned in to this slideshow and have your mouse ready on that refresh button because you won't want to miss a second of this event, which is sure to bring excitement.
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Live Preliminary Card Results
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton
Warburton defeats Jewtuszko by unanimous decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28).
After a slow start, a takedown and some ground-and-pound gave Warburton the first round. In the second round, Jewtuszko opened up on his feet a bit more, but was unable to keep the fight standing, which likely gave Warburton the second round as well. A desperate Jewtuszko came out strong again in the third round, but was unable to get the finish that he needed after losing the first two rounds.
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Hunt defeats Tuchscherer by technical knockout at 1:41 of the second round.
Heading into this fight, it was obvious that Tuchscherer needed to take Hunt down if he was going to win. Before Tuchscherer could do so, Hunt dropped him with a right, but decided not to pounce on the opportunity to finish the fight. In the second round, Hunt, a former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, landed a right uppercut that sent Tuchscherer to the canvas for a second time. This time there was no need for Hunt to follow up as the referee called a stop to the fight.
Tiequan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt
Zhang defeats Reinhardt by submission at 0:48 of the first round.
Reinhardt payed for his early aggression as Zhang countered beautifully multiple times. Shaken, Reinhardt attempted a sloppy takedown, which allowed Zhang to jump on the opportunity for a guillotine choke. Reinhardt tried to fight off the submission until the very last second. Soon after tapping, Reinhardt went limp.
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
Perosh defeats Blackledge by submission at 2:45 of the first round.
It wasn't pretty for Perosh early on in this fight. It was obvious that Perosh was desperate to get this fight to the ground, but his initial takedown attempts were extremely sloppy and telegraphed. Finally, Perosh was able to clinch with Blackledge and used a trip to take the fight to the ground. Once there, Perosh eventually tansitioned to a full mount and Blackledge was forced to give up his back. This allowed Perosh to lock in a fight-ending rear naked choke.
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Ring defeats Fukuda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
After a very close first round, Fukuda began to find increased success with his takedowns. Fukuda appeared to have won the second and third rounds. However, the judges apparently gave one of the later rounds to Ring. Fukuda appeared speechless as the decision was announced and Joe Rogan bit his lip as best he could. According to Compustrike, Fukuda had a 26-11 edge in power strikes landed and had 5 takedowns.
James Te-Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Gustafsson defeats Te-Huna by submission at 4:27 of the first round.
Te-Huna started the fight strong with a takedown. However, Te-Huna wasn't able to do a whole lot with the position and appeared to slow down as the round progressed. Eventually, Gustafsson took Te-Huna's back and attempted a rear naked choke. Te-Huna fought of an initial submission attempt, but was forced to tap due to a second one. Tehuna had a 26-11 edge in total strikes landed before getting submitted.
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
Pearson defeats Fisher (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Fisher was the more aggressive fighter in the first round, but Pearson landed on some powerful counter strikes. Fisher scored the lone takedown of the first round, which may have given him the slight nod on the scorecards. Pearson looked much stronger in the second round with several kicks to the body and landed more power punches than Fisher. In the third round, Pearson scored three takedowns. With the striking in round three being somewhat even, Pearson's takedowns in the last round ended up making the difference on the scorecards.
Chris Camozzi Vs. Kyle Noke
Appropriately, Australian Kyle Noke walks out to "A Land Down Under" by Men at Work.
The fighters trade inside leg kicks early on. Chris Camozzi attempts a takedown, but Noke defends uses a body lock to land in full mount. Soon after, Noke took Camozzi's back with an outstanding transition and finished the fight with a rear naked choke. The Australian crowd erupts.
Noke defeats Camozzi by submission at 1:35 of the first round.
Chris Lytle Vs. Brian Ebersole
Brian Ebersole throws a cartwheel kick to start the fight, but Chris Lytle is ready for it. Lytle is getting the better of the striking by a long shot. Lytle continually attempts a guillotine choke, but Ebersole fights three of them off. Ebersole ends the round on top and Lytle is cut.
Early in the round, Lytle is teeing off on Ebersole. Ebersole covers up well, though. An Ebersole knee drops Lytle and he tries to finish the fight with a D'Arce choke. Ebersole ends the round on top dropping shoulders again.
Again Lytle secures a deep guillotine choke, but Ebersole continues to show excellent submission defense. Lytle stand and Ebersole presses him against the cage. The referre calls a stop in the action for Ebersole to pick up his mouthpiece. Ebersole takes Lytle down and ends another round on top. Ebersole may have just earned an outstanding upset here. Ebersole had a 36-12 edge in power strikes landed in last two rounds
Ebersole defeats Lytle by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
George Sotiropoulos Vs. Dennis Siver
George Sotiropoulos attempts a takedown early, but Dennis Siver is ready for it. Siver is landing hard leg kicks as Sotiropoulos is looking for an opening. Sotiropoulos picks up a single leg, but Siver show excellent balance and fights it off. Siver shrugs off yet another takedown attempt and continues to get the better of the exchanges. Siver drops Sotiropoulos with a right hand and Sotiropoulos stand slowly. Sotiropoulos is dropped again and Siver lets him up again. Sotiropoulos is rocked and shoots in for a sloppy takedown attempt.
Sotiropoulos' takedown attempts are completely shut down by Siver again. Sotiropoulos is looking much better on his feet in this round though and appears to have recovered from that first round beating. Near the end of the round, Sotiropoulos lands a nice combination and follows it up with a head kick.
Sotiropoulos continues to come up short on taking the fight to the ground. Siver lands his patented spinning back kick, but Sotiropoulos doesn't seem affected. Siver is landing some nice combinations, but the round is far from a clear win for Siver. Close fight and might come down to how the judges scored the first round.
Siver had a 52-22 edge in power strikes landed. Sotiropoulos was 0 for 10 in takedown attempts. Siver's previous 10 UFC opponents were successful on 8 of 9 takedown attempts.
Siver defeats Sotiropoulos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
Michael Bisping Vs. Jorge Rivera
Jorge Rivera is trying to set up an overhand right early. Michael Bisping scores a takedown easily, but doesn't do anything with it. Rivera lands a hard short, but is taken down again. Bisping postures up and lands a big shot, but throws a hard illegal knee to the head of Rivera. This would be an unfortunate end to the fight, but Rivera does look rocked. A point is deducted from Bisping as Rivera says that he can continue. Rivera lands a head kick on the restart. Rivera stuffs a Bisping takedown, but is taken down on a second attempt. Bisping lands some hard punches as Rivera stands.
Rivera hurts Bisping with a right to start the round. Bisping drops for a double leg, but he is denied by Rivera. Bisping lands a hard right and begins teeing off on Rivera. Rivera is hurt badly and looks exhausted. Rivera covers up and is dropped. The referee calls a stop to the action and Bisping heads straight for Rivera's corner. Then, Bisping walks over to Rivera and says, "Apologize." Referree Marc Goddard does an excellent job of separating the fighters before the situation has a chance to escalate. Ironically, the first thing Bisping says in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan is, "I apologize (for his actions after the stoppage)."
Bisping defeats Rivera by technical knockout at 1:54 of the second round.
B.J. Penn Vs. Jon Fitch
Interestingly, B.J. Penn goes for the takedown first. Penn presses Fitch against the fence. Fitch reverses positions and drops for a double leg. Fitch pushes off and lands a combination. Penn takes Fitch down and takes Fitch's back with a body triangle. Fitch reverses into Penn's guard. Penn stands and Fitch immediately presses him to the fence. Close round, but it will most likely go to Penn.
Fitch starts with a head kick and takes Penn down. Penn uses the fence to stand, but Fitch keeps him pressed against the fence. Fitch lands an uppercut, but he is bleeding from a Penn elbow. Fitch lands a knee and an uppercut before the fighters finally leave the fence. Again, Penn takes Fitch down and takes his back. In similar fashion to his first round reversal, Fitch winds up in Penn's guard. Fitch works some ground-and-pound before Penn stands at the end of the round.
Fitch takes Penn down early in the round. Penn pushes Fitch off, but is taken down again. Fitch briefly has Penn's back, but soon ends up in the butterfly guard. Fitch is remaining active on top with punches and elbows. Penn doesn't appear to have an answer as Fitch pins him against the fence. Penn attempts a triangle choke, but Fitch easily shrugs it off. Fitch's ground-and-pound is relentless. Fitch ends the round on top in a dominant round.
Fitch outlanded Penn by an incredible 134-0 in round three. Fitch outlanded Penn 191-15 in total strikes in rounds two and three. Penn had one dominant position and one takedown in round two.
The bout is scored a majority draw (one judge scored the fight 29-28 Fitch).
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