The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Sydney for UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch, the organization's second visit with the fine people of Australia.
The event took a hit when Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit was forced to pull out of what was sure to be a burner against Chris "Lights Out" Lytle due to injury. Nevertheless, it still features a blah-turned-burner between middleweights Michael "The Count" Bisping and Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera thanks to the latter's mediocre video taunts plus a battle of onrushing top contenders at lightweight in native son George Sotiropoulos and Dennis "The Menace" Siver.
Additionally, the locals will have plenty of Oceania products to cheer for at a time when the region, devastated by the earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives in New Zealand, could use a good cheer.
Three Australians—Sotiropoulos, Kyle "KO" Noke and Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh—and two New Zealanders—Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt and James Te-Huna—will try to provide their countrymen with a momentary respite from the situation.
And then there's the main event.
The majority of the buzz comes from B.J. "The Prodigy" Penn and the next phase of his assimilation into the welterweight division against its long-time No. 2, Jon Fitch. Most of the experts are picking the perennial bridesmaid to grind out a victory over the Hawaiian, but that's usually when Baby J is at his best.
The first gloves drop in a couple of hours, see you then.