UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” took place earlier tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In what was billed as “an epic battle of champions,” UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre put his title on the line against UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn in the night’s main event.
Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva met in the Octagon to further cement themselves as future contenders for the most prestigious title in mixed martial arts.
Stephan Bonnar returned to the Octagon for the first time in 15 months to face UFC up-and-comer Jon Jones.
Karo Parisyan looked to get his career back on track against Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight clash.
Clay Guida squared off against Nate Diaz in an exciting lightweight battle.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Georges St. Pierre defeats BJ Penn via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) in Round Four
- Lyoto Machida defeats Thiago Silva via Knockout in Round One
- Jon Jones deafeats Stephan Bonnar via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Karo Parisyan defeats Dong Hyun Kim via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Clay Guida defeats Nate Diaz via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jon Fitch defeats Akihiro Gono via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
- Thiago Tavares defeats Manny Gamburyan via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
- John Howard defeats Chris Wilson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jake O’Brien defeats Christian Wellisch via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dan Cramer defeats Matt Arroyo via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida: In what had the potential to be a classic scrap, turned out to be rather lackluster. The fight consisted of Guida hanging on to Diaz’s back and inflicting no damage. Guida won the fight simply by positioning. Guida did not land a significant blow the entire fight. Diaz simply could not shake Guida and was smothered by Guida’s wrestling prowess. Diaz won every exchange on the feet, but could never get into a real rhythm. He looked to have Guida hurt on the feet early in the third but could not capitalize. Guida took home the Split Decision, I had the fight scored 29-28 Diaz, thinking he inflicted more damage and had more offense. It goes to show never leave the fight in the judges hands.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim: Karo Parisyan made a successful comeback against the veteran Kim. Karo started slow but slowly mounted an offense of Judo throws and good boxing. Kim stayed very competitive showing some very good grappling and some Judo of his own. Kim had Karo’s back a few times throughout the fight but was unable to work in a choke. The pace of the fight slowed towards the end and both fighters were met with a shower of boo’s. Karo did enough to take home the split decision and make a prosperous return to the cage. Let’s hope next time out the Karo of old will be back.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones: Jon Jones displayed an amazing athletic repertoire with his Unanimous Decision victory over the wily veteran Stephan Bonnar. Jones mixed in unpredictable strikes with some big takedowns to neutralize Bonnar’s gameplan. Bonnar was more than game and even showed signs of life late in the fight but the 21 year old proved to be too much. Jones improves himself to 2-0 and will look to keep the win streak going in what could be the best division in MMA.
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva: Lyoto Machida made sure his fight would not end up in the hands of the judges like the previous 8 fights before him. Silva had no answer from the bell for the Brazilian Karate master who improves upon his undefeated record of 14-0. Known to be a decision and sometimes boring fighter, Machida laid those worries to rest by delivering a one-punch KO of the previously undefeated Silva. Just as the bell sounded to end the first round Machida landed the punch that ended Silva’s night, easily Machida’s best showing in the octagon and setting himself up for a title shot against current champ Rashad Evans.
Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn: GSP showed us all why he is the best pound for pound fighter in the sport. His relentless attack was too much for the warm blooded Hawaiian. His takedowns kept BJ on his back, and his ground and pound kept BJ from attempting any sort of submission. This was the most dominant performance of the champion’s career and one can only assume he is unstoppable at this point. Watch out Thiago Alves, you have a very tall order in front of you.
Thoughts from Steve: First off, big props to Zane Blackman, one of the new members of the MMAConvert.com team, for handling the results and wrap-up tonight. Awesome job Zane.
On to the big two.
Can you say domination? Holy shit, Georges St. Pierre physically dominated BJ Penn tonight. I picked GSP to win, but I never thought it would go down like that. I figured it would a back and forth war for five rounds with GSP taking over late in the fourth and fifth to secure a decision, but good God, he beat the living hell out of BJ like he’s never been beaten before. Did BJ even hit him, at all? I watched the fights with a million distractions around me, so maybe he got a few in, but none that I can recollect.
BJ is one of the best in the world without a doubt, but GSP proved tonight that BJ is a 155lbs fighter. It’s where he belongs. He may have been able to get away with fighting heavier back in the day, but times have changed. Time for Florian. Hopefully Penn accepts and gives Kenny his much deserved shot at the lightweight title.
And GSP, wow, after that performance, it’s hard not to put him at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings. He just beat one of the most talented fighters on the planet like it was just some random fighter. Like most, Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva have always sat at the top of my personal pound-for-pound list, and right now, I can’t deny GSP as spot there either. I still have to give Fedor the top spot, but damn, GSP is definitely right there. Thiago Alves is obviously next for GSP, and man, I can’t freakin’ wait for that one. Will GSP be able to take Alves down? If not, can he strike with Alves? Can Alves strike with him? Thiago has looked like a monster recently too, and GSP won’t have a size advantage, so who knows, but it’s definitely going to be tough to pick against the champ.
And how about Lyoto Machida? On a card literally riddled with decisions, the man who wrote the book on how to win a decision goes and knocks out Thiago Silva. Wow, can anyone beat the elusive Machida? Anybody? I wouldn’t bet on it. Quinton may get the next title shot if he beats Jardine, which I’d be cool with, but Machida deserves one too. If you asked me right now who will be the light heavyweight champ at the end of 2009, Lyoto Machida is my answer.
Overall, it was a pretty good event. Obviously, the main event made it one of the memorable ones, but in terms of enjoyment, I’d have to say Affliction had the best show in a huge month of major mixed martial arts events.
Submission of the Night: N/A
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz & Clay Guida and Chris Wilson & John Howard ($65k each)
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Weekly
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $4.3 million
Live gate courtesy of MMA Junkie