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Former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion Carlos Condit will lock horns with a resurgent Chris Lytle in a featured matchup at UFC 127 “Penn vs. Fitch” on Feb. 27 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Nine fights are now official for the event.
Condit has delivered 11 wins in his past 12 appearances. Based at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, the 26-year-old Albuquerque, N.M., native last fought at UFC 120 in October, when he knocked out the world-ranked Dan Hardy at the O2 Arena in London. A potent finisher, Condit has secured 25 of his 26 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Wins over former Icon Sport champion Frank Trigg, Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Jake Ellenberger and Canadian prospect Rory MacDonald anchor his resume.
Spawned by the Integrated Fighting Academy, Lytle will carry a four-fight winning streak into the bout. The 36-year-old Indianapolis native has not competed since he earned a unanimous decision against former welterweight champion Matt Serra at UFC 119 in September. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with professional boxing experience, he has scored more than half (21) of his 30 career wins by submission. Lytle has earned “Fight of the Night” honors four times.
Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 semi-finalist Nick Ring will make his UFC debut against former Deep middleweight champion Riki Fukuda.
Unbeaten in 10 professional appearances, Ring has not competed since October 2009, when he submitted Yannick Galipeau with a first-round armbar under the Aggression MMA banner. A favorite to win Season 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he reached the semi-finals before a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the competition. Ring has undergone three reconstructive knee surgeries in his career.
Fukuda will enter his Octagon debut on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. The 29-year-old last appeared in August, when he stopped Ryuta Sakurai on second-round knees at Deep 49 Impact. A Dream, EliteXC and Pancrase veteran, Fukuda holds notable victories over UFC castaway Brandon Wolff, former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo Rua and Pride Fighting Championships alum Hiromitsu Kanehara. In 21 professional bouts, he has been finished only once.
A welterweight matchup pitting former two-division champion B.J. Penn against American Kickboxing Academy ace Jon Fitch will headline UFC 127, along with a middleweight duel pairing “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping with Jorge Rivera.
UFC 127 “Penn vs. Fitch”
Sunday, Feb. 27
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Curt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
* Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
* Not Official