UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch is in the books following a very entertaining night of mixed martial arts action highlighting some of the best fighters in the world. The card continued the UFC’s recent trend of exciting throwdowns that began earlier this year in stark contrast to the multiple events that fell flat in the fans’ eyes at the close of 2010. The card featured several pages from every fans’ MMA story book with emerging competitors, underdog victories, classic striker vs. grappler matches, and even the dreaded “to be continued” cliff hanger fight, this time the main event majority draw between “The Prodigy” BJ Penn (16-7-2) and Jon Fitch (22-3-1). Of course, it wouldn’t be the UFC without some sort of controversy to set the fans against the judges, various fighters, and themselves, and UFC 127 provided that with a horribly botched preliminary fight decision, the aforementioned draw which immediately sets each fighter’s fans against each other, and a questionable rules violation followed by some post-fight antics that may have been ill advised. Some fighters can crawl through the muck and come out clean on the other side, others couldn’t save puppies from a burning building and repair what they did to their reputations here. To sort them out is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai: Daley via KO (Punches), Round 1, 1:46 *
James McSweeney vs. Ricco Rodriguez: Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. Alex Makhonin: Makhonin via TKO (Punches and Elbows), Round 2, 4:48
Claudio Henrique Da Silva vs. Jean-Francois Lenogue: Da Silva via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:51
Leeroy Barnes vs. Mohsen Bahari: Bahari via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 0:40
Rob Mills vs. Leigh Cohoon: Cohoon via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 4:16
Jason Ball vs. Peter Duncan: Ball via KO (Knees), Round 2, 2:00
Paul Cook vs. Michael Johnson: Johnson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Tim Newman vs. Diego Vital: Newton via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Costas Doru vs. Liam James: Doru via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:47
Franky Slater vs. Jeremy Petley: Petley via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:36
* Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai was originally slated to be a five-round title fight to determine the new BAMMA Welterweight Champion, but was changed to a three-round non-title affair due to Daley missing weight.
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