Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for UFC 94. “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” will air Saturday evening via pay-per-view (main card) beginning at 10 pm E.T. The card includes a superfight that could very well be the biggest match-up in UFC, and MMA history. To compliment the headlining bout, a hard-hitting card has been put together in accompaniment. A solid line-up calls for solid picks, right? Whether you agree or disagree, leave your thoughts by commenting.
As a lead writer here, there’s a certain “responsibility” for making quality peeks into the future. That being said, anything can (and does) happen in mixed martial arts. With an overall 28-23 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the Octagon going down on January 31.
UPDATE: Pick outcomes: 6-3
Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn: GSP is a superior athlete, and in turn a superior fighter. A major point that many are not discussing regarding this fight, is that Georges walks around at 185~ lbs. and BJ is naturally better suited for lightweight. With St. Pierre coming slightly down to make weight, and Penn sitting at 170 lbs. with more body fat, conditioning is in St. Pierre’s favor. In the end, I’ll take GSP by TKO in the third round.
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva: Lyoto’s a self-described ghost, and will stick-and-run Silva until the TKO stoppage happens in the third round. Look for Silva to possibly punch himself out of gas.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones: Bonnar’s hungry and ready to get back into contention. Third round submission (or TKO) from Bonnar inflicted upon Jones. Jon couldn’t finish Gusmao and doesn’t stand a good chance against “The American Psycho”.
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida: Tough call here, especially being a big fan of both guys. Guida’s incredible pace will lead him to a win similar to that of his over Danzig. Nate will have a great outing, though.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim: Parisyan is his own worst enemy, and I see Kim pulling out the decision victory. (update: bout ruled a no contest)
Jon Fitch vs. Akihiro Gono: Gono will not be able to handle Fitch’s superior striking, nor his excellent ground game. I predict a second round submission win for Jon.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares: No luster in this fight, and likely a “loser leaves town” match. Tavares will score the TKO win, but doesn’t move him up the ladder.
Chris Wilson vs. John Howard: Wilson is an excellent striker and held his own in the fight with Fitch. Chris will score the KO win in the first.
Jake O’Brien vs. Christian Wellisch: Honestly, it could either way but I think Jake’s wrestling base will be the difference.
Matt “No Regard” Arroyo vs. Daniel Cramer: Again, tough call but Arroyo has to be hungry for a win, and I see him having technique that will overcome Cramer’s power.
Gray D. is 122-78 in his overall picks here at 6th-Round.com and pens this column before every major MMA event. Outside of writing, he is a fitness/nutrition enthusiast and runs the site’s Twitter account @6thRound.