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Monday, February 28, 2011
A mixed bag of grades from Sydney

By Josh Gross

Streaks, halted. Prospects, stopped. Veterans, aged. Title contenders, stalemated. Fighters, embarrassed. Underdogs, vindicated. That was UFC 127.

It was a card that raised concerns and questions as much as it showcased inspired performances. The UFC returned to Australia for a Sunday afternoon of fights. It departed in a tough spot.

Does the organization feel Michael Bisping should be disciplined for his actions against Jorge Rivera? If not, why not? If yes, who determines the punishment?

What happens at 170 pounds, where Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn went to a majority draw and failed to produce a "No. 1 contender"?

It wasn't all bad for Zuffa. The gate was strong, as it almost always is. Their top German fighter won an huge bout. The promotion's lone Chinese competitor, Zhang Tie Quan, needed less than a minute to choke Jason Reinhardt, who shouldn't be in the UFC, but that's beside the point. With the fight streamed online to China, Quan's win was important step forward in the organization's intent to hold an event there.

Though it featured one of the least interesting undercards in a long timebecasue of the number of warm bodies, UFC 127 created quite a bit of intrigue during it's latter half.

From A to F, the evening's report card:

Josh Gross covers MMA for Follow him on Twitter at JoshGrossESPN.