The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation returns to Australia in 2011, as Sydney’s Acer Arena will hosts UFC 127: PENN v FITCH on Sunday, February 27. The world’s biggest combat sports group returns to Australia with a card stacked with pivotal fights which will set the tone for the New Year.
Headlining UFC 127 will be the intriguing clash between former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn and rugged contender Jon Fitch in about with huge implications for the welterweight division.
Tickets are priced: $75, $100, $175, $275, $400 and $550, and are available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au. Moreover, tickets are available to UFC Fight Club members from noon Tuesday Dec 14, and to UFC Newsletter subscribers from 10am Weds Dec 15 before going on general release on Thursday Dec 16 at 9am.
Leading 185lbs (84.1KG) contenders Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Jorge Rivera meet over three rounds while Australian interest will no doubt peak the moment lightweight George Sotiropoulous enters the Octagon to meet German striker Dennis Siver in a battle of 155-pound (70.5KG) buzzsaws.
Also flying the flag for Australia will be New South Wales’s own Kyle Noke, a former star of The Ultimate Fighter, who meets Chris Camozzi in a thrilling middleweight encounter.
Finally, rounding off the main card action will be a certified barnburner between welterweight bangers Chris Lytle and Carlos Condit, both of whom have hit a career purple patch and have sights set on the 170-pound (77.3KG) title.
In Australia, ‘The Prodigy’ will have to go through Fort Wayne, Indiana grinder Jon Fitch (26-3, 1 NC), a man renowned for his hard-nosed work ethic and conditioning. The 32-year-old grappler has won 13 bouts inside the Octagon and strung together an impressive eight-bout win-streak before challenging for the UFC welterweight title in August 2008.
Since competing for the belt, Fitch has gone on to grab five further victories and claimed the scalps of contenders Thiago Alves, Ben Saunders and Paolo Thiago. One of the most successful UFC fighters of all time, Fitch knows victory over Penn in Sydney could well earn him a second stab at the UFC Welterweight Title.
A full undercard of action will support the main televised card. Local interest will be focused on Sydney based talents Jamie Te Huna, 14-4, who meets Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson, 11-1, light heavyweight (93.2KG) and 10-6 Anthony Perosh – also fighting at light heavyweight – who matches his submission skills with those of England’s Tom Blackledge, 10-6.
UFC is a must go event, don’t miss the chance to see real combat in the octagon at Sydney’s Acer Arena next month, see you all there!