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UFC 127 Preview and Predictions: Penn vs. Fitch

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In the latest MMA News the Ultimate Fighting Championships makes its way to the Acer Arena in Sydney Australia this Saturday night for UFC 127.    In the latest MMA news and headlined by a number one contender bout between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, this card pales in comparison to the previous show headlined by Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

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MMA News: Penn vs. Fitch

The former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, Penn, will battle the former Division 1 collegiate wrestler, Fitch.  Penn, 3 – 2 over his last five fights doesn’t seem to be the same Penn that was dubbed “The Prodigy.”  In his last fight, he knocked out rival Matt Hughes in 21 seconds, but lost the two prior to Frankie Edgar.

Fitch has gone 13 – 1 in his UFC career and has defeated everyone put in front of him, except for the most important.  He has the talent, but he has a way of putting on boring fights that make fans beg to see Thales Leites fight Silva again.

Prediction: This fight might come down to whether or not Fitch can take Penn down.  If he can, will Penn be able to use his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expertise to catch Fitch off guard?  I think Fitch takes this fight by unanimous decision.

MMA News: Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera

I’m still trying to figure out why Bisping speaks so highly of himself.  He still hasn’t beaten any of the top middleweights in the world.  After winning The Ultimate Fighter season 3, he was given fights with men he should have beaten.  Three of the times he’s faced a former world champion, he’s lost.  Dan Henderson made him look terrible.  Wanderlei Silva smothered him for three rounds and he fought a good fight against Rashad Evans, but lost by split decision.

“He talked his way into a high profile fight,” Bisping said on the MMA News: UFC 127 Preview show.  “He’s gonna get his ass kicked and its back to the undercards after this one.”  Its comments like these that really boggle my mind.  He talks like he’s an 8 time defending champion, like Silva.

I know it’s not his call to constantly fight overseas, but he is going to have to fight more in the States to be considered one of the best.  The UFC knows he can draw in England, so why not have him fight there.  Eventually, he’ll have to fight in an arena that isn’t cheering for him because he is the hometown boy.

Rivera hasn’t had the easiest UFC career.  Going 7 – 5 over three stints, Rivera seems to have finally emerged as a legitimate contender in the division.  He hasn’t beaten the best of the best either, but he has heavy hands which were evident in the Nate Quarry fight.  Rivera isn’t the first to knock Quarry out, but it was one of the most impressive just 29 seconds into the second round.

Prediction: I don’t take Bispings own thoughts on the fight into account.  Rivera is too strong and will win by knockout.

MMA News: George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver

Sotiroploulos, my #4 ranked lightweight in the UFC has gone 7 – 0 since entering the UFC and 5 – 0 since moving to the division.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has had quality victories over Joe Lauzon, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Stevenson.  Siver will be his toughest fight to date.

Siver is one of the most dangerous kick boxers in the world.  A winner of four of five fights, Siver has improved his overall UFC mark to 6 – 4.

Prediction: You never know when Siver will pull out one of his spinning kicks to the stomach, and since it is so smooth, it’s hard to defend.  That being said, Sotiropoulos is so talented and has amazing Jiu-Jitsu that he should win by submission.

Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole – I’m not ashamed to say I don’t know too much about Ebersole, but he has a lot of experience.  He’s won seven in a row, and holds victories in his career over Carlos Newtown, Matt Horwich and Eddie Sanchez.  Lytle is 9 – 9 in the UFC and has won four in a row, including wins over Matt Serra and Matt brown.

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