UFC 127: Pearson Wins Slugfest, Gustafsson Silences Australia, and Fukuda Robbed

February 26, 2011

A slugfest, poor judging and an Australian going down highlighted the preliminary fights on ION TV for UFC 127.

They promised a knockdown, old school stand-up fight and Ross Pearson and Spencer Fisher delivered with the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner coming out on top by unanimous decision.

Both fighters are known for their striking and there was definitely a mutual respect between the two lightweights in the first few mintues of the fight. Fisher came out a bit more aggressive, but didn’t throw many combos at the Brit.

Once Pearson found his range and felt Fisher’s best punches, he started to throw great combinations mixed with punches and fiery kicks. The Team Rough House fighter even managed to slip in a takedown towards the end of the fight, putting Fisher on his back to put the exclamation point on his victory.

The judges gave Pearson the win 30-27, 29-28, and 28-28, as he picks up his 4th win since his time on the 9th season of the “Ultimate Fighter”.

The success of the Australian’s at UFC 127 came to a crashing halt after Alexander Gustafsson silenced the Sydney crowd with a rear naked choke victory over home country fighter James Te Huna.

With the crowd behind him, Te Huna came out blazing in the first round, getting Gustafsson to the ground, but his success was short lived.

Gustafsson recovered quick and then put Te Huna on the mat, before a beautiful transition to take his opponent’s back. Fight as he could, Te Huna just had no answer for Gustfasson’s ground acumen, and after a brief struggle, the Swede locked in a rear naked choke. Te Huna could take no more and he was forced to submit.

Gustafsson now moves to 3-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming to Phil Davis, a fighter he now trains with in California.

The questionable judging at UFC 127 started early with Nick Ring pulling out a unanimous decision win over Riki Fukuda in a puzzling choice by the officials at cageside.

Ring started strong landing some decent shots on the feet, but couldn’t stay off his back as Fukuda got the fight to the mat several times during the fight.

A veteran of several organizations all over the world, Fukuda finally made his way to the UFC and as the fight moved with each minute he seemed to get more comfortable in his strategy. Fukuda didn’t look bad on his feet, but mostly threw single punches without putting together many combinations, but did enough set-up to slip under Ring’s shots and get the takedown repeatedly.

In the final round with the fight seemingly on the line, Fukuda got stronger taking Ring down and controlling him on the mat as the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor looked winded towards the end. Fukuda looked like the obvious choice for the win, but 29-28 scores from all the judges gave a very undeserving victory to Nick Ring.

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