The main event for tonight's UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch is, naturally, B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch. UFC President Dana White said the winner of this bout was in line for a title shot. Would that be against Jake Shields? Or would it be against someone new? We won't know until UFC 129, but tonight would answer who one-half of the equation would be.
The referee in charge of the action is Herb Dean.
ROUND 1 - before the round even starts, Fitch looks much larger than Penn. Penn closes the distance immediately and goes for a takedown against the fence. The fighters trade knees inside. Fitch reverses position and goes for a takedown, switching back and forth between a double and single. Now Penn reverses Fitch and takes Fitch to the ground. Then he takes his back...locks up the body triangle. Penn and Fitch hand fight and the Hawaiian nearly lands a rear naked choke before Fitch reverses position in Penn's guard. Fitch now pressing Penn into the cage attempting the takedown. Nothing doing.
SB Nation scores this round 10-9 Penn.