Jon Fitch. Photo by Adrian Valenzuela.
The UFC's latest trip to Australia was supposed to crown a clear-cut contender for Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title, regardless of whether he wanted to keep the belt following a potential win over Jake Shields in April.
Instead, things remain the same courtesy of a hotly-contested majority draw between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn, leaving the welterweight division in limbo once again.
In addition, a win over Jorge Rivera has now catapulted Michael Bisping into the upper echelon of the UFC's middleweight ranks, but will his post-fight antics cost him a big fight in the near future?
Fitch-Penn rematch makes sense
So, Penn and Fitch fought to a draw. That's exactly what the fight was in my opinion. My scorecards saw Penn take the first round, the second as even and Fitch winning the third. Rounds one and three being scored 10-9 if you must know.
Fitch and his camp believe he should have gotten the decision. Ditto for Penn and his people. UFC President Dana White and a few others think otherwise, which is all the more reason why a draw is the correct outcome.
An immediate rematch should be in order. Fitch is down for it. Penn is talking possible retirement once again but I think he'll be game for another crack at Fitch.
For those worried about the welterweight title picture, let's first see how GSP-Shields plays out. If GSP is victorious as expected and moves up to 185 lbs, Shields could be next in line for another shot based on his performance. The winner of Fitch-Penn II is an easy pick. Let's also not forget that if Thiago Alves defeats Rick Story in May, he'll have put together two wins in a row too.
Will punishment keep Bisping from big-name fight?
After winning three straight and four out of five, it's time for Michael Bisping to face a top contender in the UFC's middleweight division, even if the memory of his brutal KO at the hands of Dan Henderson continues to replay in our minds.
Despite all of the uproar caused by Bisping's actions after defeating Rivera (I had my say too), there's no denying that the "TUF 3" winner has cemented himself as one of the promotions top fighters at 185 lbs (and worldwide too since the weight class is so thin).
Demian Maia needs a dance partner for his first fight of the new year. Vitor Belfort has also expressed interest in a meeting with Bisping, as recent as today actually. But those fantasy matchups may just go to waste now that Dana White has revealed that Bisping will be punished for what happened on Sunday afternoon.
White isn't sure if a fine or suspension will be levied against Bisping. I'm going to guess a small fine and a slap on the wrist will be all he gets. But wouldn't it be something if the UFC paired Belfort and Maia together while Bisping had to settle for an up-and-comer presenting a lose-lose situation?
Siver shakes up lightweight puzzle
As if things at 155 lbs in the UFC weren't already scrambled enough, Dennis Siver pulled off an upset over George Sotiropoulos this past weekend, using vastly improved takedown defense to maintain an advantage on the feet and prevent the Australian's dangerous ground game from coming into play.
With a win, Sotiropoulos would have possibly been slotted into a title eliminator in his next fight. Now, he'll be forced to work his way back up the ladder while Siver faces a potential rematch against Melvin Guillard that could have been Sotiropoulos' eliminator bout.
What this all likely means is that the winner of June's clash between Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis will be strongly considered to face the winner (if there is one) of Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard II later this year.
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