UFC 127 'Prelims' to air on Facebook and ION Television on Feb. 26


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is giving fight fans a chance to catch a handful of preliminary bouts from its upcoming UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch" undercard beginning with Zhang Tie Quan vs. Jason Reinhardt and Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge.

Both contests will air live on Facebook.com/UFC on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET.

In addition, fans can head over to the ION Television network following the Facebook festivities to watch two more "Prelims," featuring Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher and James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson live via ION at 9 p.m. ET.

Video previews for both specials can be viewed here and here.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 127, beginning with the pay-per-view telecast at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.

Tiequan Zhang will become the first Chinese born fighter to compete in the UFC, but had previously competed under the Zuffa umbrella for the WEC, defeating Pablo Garza with a guillotine choke in his debut before dropping a decision to Danny Downes, the first loss of his budding career. 

"The Mongolian Wolf" typically competes at lightweight but will drop to 145-pounds for his Sydney debut.

Jason Reinhardt hasn't fought since January of 2008, a submission win over Cody Larson at Iowa Challenge 46. The Illinois native boasts an impressive career record of 20-1; however, that one loss came in his lone appearance inside the Octagon at UFC 78, a submission defeat at the hands of Joe Lauzon.

While fans may not exactly be on a first name basis with these competitors, of the 34 fights among them, only one has gone to the judge's scorecards.

In short, get ready for fireworks.

On Jun. 20, 2009, Pearson defeated Andre Winner, earning himself a UFC contract. In his next two bouts, "The Real Deal" made the most of his opportunity by defeating Aaron Riley by TKO and Dennis Siver via unanimous decision.

Pearson was stopped in his tracks by Cole Miller back in September 2010, when "Magrinho" slapped on a rear naked choke, forcing the Brit to submit.

Can the English fighter rebound from his first UFC loss when he meets "The King?"

The last time Fisher had a bout outside the UFC was in 2006, but a loss to Pearson may have him looking for work outside the promotion. "The King" has gone 1-2 in his last three bouts.

Fisher suffered a submission loss due to elbows courtesy of Joe Stevenson before dropping a unanimous decision to Dennis Siver later in the year. The wily veteran recently returned to the win column against Curt Warburton at UFC 120 across the pond.

Gustafsson debuted for the UFC in November 2009 with a perfect 8-0 record. The fight didn't even last a minute as "The Mauler" knocked out Jared Hamman in 41 seconds. Gustafsson wouldn't stay undefeated for long and was submitted by undefeated prospect Phil Davis back at UFC 112.

The Swedish light heavyweight would rebound with a dominating victory over Cyrille Diabate that ended in submission.

Will "The Mauler" be able to make it two wins in a row when he meets Te-Huna?

After suffering the fourth loss of his career to Hector Lombard due to a shoulder injury, Te-Huna went on a torrid six fight-winning streak.

The light heavyweight from New Zealand defeated the likes of Anthony Rea and Anthony Perosh before making his UFC debut.

Te-Huna earned a TKO victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 110, also in Australia.

UFC 127 will feature B.J. Penn taking on welterweight stalwart Jon Fitch. Michael Bisping has also been tapped to silence the uprising of fellow middleweight Jorge Rivera while local favorite (and lightweight contender) George Sotiropoulos battles Dennis Siver.

A welterweight mash-up between Chris Lytle and Brian Ebersole has also been tapped for the promotion's return "Down Under."

For the complete UFC 127 fight card and line up click here.

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