UFC 127 PREVIEW

CHRIS LYTLE: ON UFC 127 CARD

UFC 127 takes place Saturday night in Australia. There are no title matches on the card which is led by a B.J.Penn/JonFitch matchup. Penn is the former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion whose career has hit a surprising skid since losing his belt and a rematch to Frankie Edgar. Both Penn and Fitch have had stellar UFC careers that have been marred when each lost to Georges St. Pierre. Penn’s loss to St. Pierre came in the famous Vaselinegate match in 2009.

The Penn/Fitch fight is being labeled as a Welterweight “title eliminator.” St. Pierre is moving up to Middleweight to fight Anderson Silva. That leaves the Welterweight title open. A win by either Penn or Fitch guarantees them a title shot and may even make one of them the “interim” Welterweight champ.

Also on the UFC 127 card are Brit Michael Bisping, who has a grudge match against Jorge Rivera, and George Sotiropoulos, looking for his seventh straight win in a so-far undefeated UFC career. Veteran Chris Lytle also takes on another hot UFC newcomer in Brian Ebersole.

One other interesting note about UFC 127, two of the preliminary bouts are going to be on Facebook.

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