Strong Fitch draws with Penn

Sun, 27 Feb 19:29:00 2011

Jon Fitch pounded B.J. Penn in the final round of their welterweight fight at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia - but the match ended a draw.

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The bout was scored 28-28 on two judges' scorecards with Fitch a 29-28 winner on the third.

"I gave up some positioning in the first and second round, but I finished out on top and did some damage of my own," Fitch said. "I think I did enough at least to win a split decision."

He is now 13-1-1 in UFC and 23-3-1 overall.

Penn said: "I think I got some dominant positions in the first and second, but he kicked my butt in the third.

"I guess I wasn't really sure what I would do with my career if I lost the fight. Since the gods were nice to me and gave me a draw, if he wants to do it again, I'll do it again."

Fitch is also open to a rematch.

"I'm down for whatever. I'm here to fight. If my 13 wins in the UFC isn’t enough to already put me in the spot for a title shot, I'm willing to prove myself more," he said.


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