Fitch-Penn fight to a draw
SYDNEY, Australia (TheSpread) – For the second time in two months, the main event of a UFC PPV ended in a draw as Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn fought to majority draw at UFC 127 Saturday night.
Fitch entered the fight as the favorite according to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com with betting odds of -200 while Penn came in with odds of +160. Penn came out early and looked for a takedown, which was what many expected out of Fitch. Penn managed to score a takedown in the first round, which was the only major occurrence in the first five minutes.
The second round so a very close battle as Penn scored a takedown, but Fitch reversed it on the ground and got top position. Two judges scored the round to Penn and one to Fitch. The third round was all Fitch, who landed a big right and scored a takedown and followed up with five-minutes of ground-and-pound. Two judges saw it 10-8 Fitch, leading to a 28-28 draw, while the third had it 10-9 Fitch, giving him a 29-28 decision. Because the majority of the vote saw it as a draw, Fitch doesn’t get the win despite having one card score him the victor.
In the co-main event, Michael Bisping (-325) defeated Jorge Rivera by second round TKO. The Brit overwhelmed his trash-talking opponent, using his wrestling and boxing to slowly wear him down before finishing him with a flurry in the middle of the second.
In a big upset, lightweight Dennis Siver (+300) put an end to the winning streak of George Sotiropoulos, earning a unanimous decision win over the Australian native. Siver used his kickboxing and takedown defense to keep his opponent off his game and win the bout on the cards.
For complete results from UFC 127’s main card, see below.
UFC 127 Main Card Results
Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn fought to a majority draw
Michael Bisping (-325) def. Jorge Rivera by second round TKO (1:54)
Dennis Siver (+300) def. George Sotiropoulos by unanimous decision
Brian Ebersole (+190) def. Chris Lytle by unanimous decision
Kyle Noke (-225) def. Chris Camozzi by first round submission (1:35)