“No, I NOT accept you fliend lequest.”
Not satisfied with making us scurry between Facebook, SpikeTV, and a bittorrent PPV, Dana and the gang are kicking the goose-chase up a notch for UFC 127 this weekend by giving the Ion experiment another whirl. But at least they figured out how to arrange the local kickoff in Sydney to line up with the normal PPV timeslot for those of us who matter over here in North America.
First up will be the live stream on the UFC’s Facebook page beginning at 8PM ET, featuring Tie Quan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang (pictured above) versus bushleague can-smasher Jason Reinhardt, and Anthony Perosh versus Tom Blackledge. Zhang (12-1, 1-1 WEC) is coming off the hard-fought first loss of his career at WEC 53 in December, while Reinhardt (20-1, 0-1 UFC) apparently hasn’t fought in over 3 years and his last two opponents now have a combined record of 2-16… so suffice to say the smart money’s on The Wolfman. Blackledge (10-6) is a Brit newcomer from the Euro-leagues, while Perosh (10-6, 0-3 UFC) is a native Aussie who hasn’t fought since serving as a Fosters can for Cro-Cop at the last Oz event a year ago… compelling shit right here, folks.
Next, the capitalist pig-dog Americans will head on over to Ion TV (wherever the fuck that is) at 9PM ET for a trio of scraps, while us godless pinko Canucks will instead tune in to Rogers Sportsnet, and the UK will get at least one of them on ESPN. Perennial journeyman Spencer “The King” Fisher (24-6, 9-5 UFC) will look to pick up back-to-back wins at the expense of back-to-back losses for TUF 9 champ Ross Pearson (11-4, 3-1 UFC). Alexander Gustafsson (10-1, 2-1 UFC) will try to back up his RNC of Cyrille Diabate by handing Kiwi native and former Perosh-stomper James “Big Kahuna” Te-Huna (12-4, 1-0 UFC) his first UFC loss. And TUF 11 alumni and definitely not-gay Nick “Cock” Ring (10-0) will get a stiff test (tee hee) in his injury-delayed UFC debut against another newcomer, current Deep champion Riki Fukuda (17-4).
So yeah, it’s easy to see why certain dudes ended up on Facebook rather than Ion (let alone the main card), but what’s a bit confusing is why undefeated “Megamind” Jewtuszko was left on the dark side of the moon alongside a “win or GTFO, fatty” match between Mark Hunt and Jake Busey Chris Tuchscherer. Yes, Jewtuszko is fighting some no-name Brit, but he looked pretty good in KO’ing Anthony Nojokuani with back-fists and uppercuts back in August. Is Zuffa contractually obligated to give screen-time to the local scrubs or something?
Anyway, the complete treasure map looks like this:
BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
James Te-Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt
“Who Cares About You” Prelims:
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton