The two remaining preliminary bouts on the UFC 127 fight card are Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson and Zhang Tie Quan vs. Jason Reinhardt. Fisher vs. Ross features a battle of lightweight strikers while Zhang vs. Reinhardt is more of a test for a Chinese fighter whose presence is part of a larger hope by the UFC parent organization to make entry into his home country.
Two years ago this would be a close fight and I'd even favor Fisher. He's still got decent speed, but so does Pearson. Moreover, Pearson is a physical bruiser who can keep Fisher off balance with takedowns or positional control in the clinch. Pearson by decision.
Fisher is just too shop worn at this point while Pearson, though he has trouble with reach, is still very fresh and new in his UFC career. He's also a physical fighter who can dictate where the fight takes place.
The UFC is giving their sole Chinese fighter a chance to improve in the Roger Huerta track of matchmaking against the world's most accomplished journeyman. Zhang by TKO.
Zhang is aggressive and can compete at the lower echelon of the UFC level. Stated plainly, Reinhardt cannot. He has the best record for being what is essential a journeyman of the midwest regional MMA circuit. Zhang should have his way with him.
Zhang vs. Reinhard is a featherweight fight that will air on Facebook. Fisher vs. Pearson is a lightweight fight that will air on ION Television.