Former two division world champion BJ Penn will waste no time getting back into the Octagon following November's 21 second knockout of Matt Hughes, as he headlines UFC 127 in Australia against top contender Jon Fitch in a battle of two of the 170-pound division's fiercest competitors. Plus, The Ultimate Fighter winner Michael "The Count" Bisping will test his chin and his will against one of the hardest punchers in the middleweight division, seasoned veteran Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera.
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UFC® 127 Prelim Fight: James Te-Huna vs Alexander Gustafsson
One year ago, James Te Huna made his UFC debut at UFC 110 in Australia. Te Huna was able to finish his opponent despite breaking his arm earlier in the bout. Now after a year layoff, Te Huna returns to fight Alexander Gustafsson in front of another Aussie crowd.
UFC® 127 Prelim Fight: Anthony Perosh vs Tom Blackledge
Their identical records may be the only thing Anthony Perosh and Tom Blackledge have in common. Perosh is an Australian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guru while Tom Blackledge hails from England and has a love for throwing head kicks.
After being forced out of The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 with a knee injury, Nick Ring returns to make his UFC debut. Ring will be facing off against Riki Fukuda, a Japanese fighter who will also make his first entrance into the Octagon.