The UFC returns to the Land Down Under for UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch on Sunday, February 27 from the Acer Arena in Sydney. The organization confirmed on their website that Zhang Tie Quan will face Jason Reinhardt in a prelim bout, completing the card.
Headlining UFC 127 will be former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn facing former top welterweight contender Jon Fitch in a bout with huge implications for the welterweight division.
“I’m excited to fight Jon Fitch,” said Penn. “I have considered him to be the number two welterweight in the world for a long time now and I am looking forward to matching skills against an elite wrestler.
“I can’t wait to fight in Australia. As two-time champion, I believe the UFC is all about fighting the best competition anywhere in the world. Competing overseas, dealing with travel and different time zones, it is all part of being a world-class fighter. I’ve also been told the fans down there are crazy for the UFC and I can’t wait to perform for them.”
Leading middleweight 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 lightweight battle.
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 middleweight encounter.
Finally, rounding off the main card action will be a welterweight slugfest between Chris Lytle and Carlos Condit, both of whom have hit a career purple patch and have sights set on the 170-pound title.
Here is the final card for the event:
BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt