UFC 127 lacking star power
UFC’s next pay-per-view ($44.99) is 127 on Feb. 26, which airs live from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.While the card lacks quality star power and any title fights, the main event is somewhat exciting as Jon Fitch (23-3) fights B.J. “Prodigy” Penn (16-7-1).
Fitch is 13-1 in the UFC and, wanting another title shot, he needs a good victory over the former two-division champion Penn, who has lost two of his last three fights, both to lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Fitch got vocal this week and said that Penn was a legend, but he was going to destroy the legend and start his own. Fitch does have several quality wins, but his last eight have come by decision. His only loss in the UFC came in 2008 by unanimous decision to Georges St. Pierre.Penn, after two consecutive losses, rejuvenated his career with a first round TKO over veteran Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in November.
Fitch has a big wrestling background and isn’t flashy. He smothers his opponents with takedowns. But despite not being the biggest Penn fan, I think Penn wins this one and goes one to get one more title shot before he calls it quits.
On the undercard, “The Count” Michael Bisping (20-3) will fight Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera (19-7). There’s also Dennis Siver (17-7) vs. George Sotiropoulos (14-2); Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (30-17-5) vs. Brian Ebersole (46-14-1); and Chris Camozzi (14-3) fights Kyle “KO” Noke (18-4-1).
Just not enough pop for me to cough up 50 bucks for this pay-per-view.
Three matches will be shown on the ION Network (Time Warner Channel 73) with Spencer “The King” Fisher (24-6) vs. Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (11-4); Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (10-1) vs. James Te Huna (12-4); and Riki Fukuda (17-4) vs. Nick “The Promise” Ring (10-0).
UFC has more than 5 million fans on Facebook, and that number could go much higher after Saturday because the company will stream two fights live on its Facebook page — Jason Reinhardt (20-1) vs. Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang (17-1) and Tom “The Juggernaut” Blackledge (10-6) vs. Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh (10-6).
Tito Ortiz has been pulled out the UFC Fight Night 24 main event with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4) due to injury and will be replaced by undefeated Phil Davis (8-0).
The event takes place March 26 at KeyArena in Seattle and will air live on Spike TV.
With Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8) passing up a title fight with Shogun Rua due to short notice, Jackson will now fight Matt Hamill (10-2) at UFC 130 on May 30. It will be the co-main event with Edgar defending his lightweight title against Gray Maynard for a third time.
Two MMA organizations will be holding events as Texas Rage in the Cage Amateur Association presents Cage Rage 11 at Ford Arena on March 5 at 7 p.m. Scheduled for the main event is Jordan Morgan of Buna fighting Josh Quayhagen of Lake Charles for the TRCAA lightweight title. Tickets are $45 and $27.
Based in Houston, the IXFA will bring pro MMA fights to Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie on April 23, and tickets range from $125-$10.Scheduled to make a special guest appearance is UFC Hall of Fame fighter “Iceman” Chuck Liddell.
Confirmed to fight and make his professional debut is Beaumont’s own Cody “Wolverine” Williams. Williams, a West Brook graduate, trains under Mike Berryhill at American Top Team Beaumont.