Hey again MMA fans, Tommy H here, back with my UFC 94 picks this weekend. Here is the main card scheduled for the PPV…
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn in a 170-pound title bout
Main card (Televised):
205 lbs.: Lyoto Machida (13-0) vs. Thiago Silva (13-0)
205 lbs.: Stephan Bonnar (11-4) vs. Jon Jones (6-0)
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz (10-2) vs. Clay Guida (24-9)
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan (18-5) vs. Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (11-0-1)
UPDATE – Pick Outcomes: 3-2
We’ll start with the first bout of the night, Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones. This will be Bonnar’s first fight in over a year. And with Jon Jones an up and comer in the UFC’s premier division, light heavyweight, this will prove to be an exciting fight. I expect Bonnar to show some cage rust in the first round, but expect him to rebound in the second with a TKO of Jones.
In the second fight, Karo Parisyan vs. Stun Gun Kim, this will be a very electrifying welterweight matchup. With Karo bailing on his appearance at UFC 88 with suspect symptoms, I expect him to have trouble proving his critics wrong with this bout. In a matchup of Judo specialists, look for Kim to come out on top of this fight with a first round submission. (update: bout ruled a no contest)
In the third fight of the night, it’s a lightweight fight between Nate Diaz and Clay Guida. Diaz is known for his submission skills, and Guida is known for his high octane fighting pace. I have not been impressed with Diaz’s striking ability, and I expect Guida to have multiple takedowns on Diaz and escape his submission attempts. I think Guida will win this fight via third round TKO.
In a battle of the unbeaten’s, Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva will be a matchup for the ages. Machida is a very elusive fighter with nobody being able to land a punch, kick or takedown on him. Silva is a fighter that finishes his fights early. I expect Machida to win this fight via second round KO.
In the main event of the evening, Georges St. Pierre defends his welterweight title against BJ Penn. In their first meeting in 2006, St. Pierre utilized his wrestling skills to comeback from a first round deficit against Penn, who seems to have the stronger boxing. Both fighters have evolved from their first fight, but I believe that St. Pierre has made the stronger growth. Penn’s fitness and cardio have always been brought to question and I don’t expect this fight to be any different. GSP will wear Penn down in the first three rounds with takedowns and Ground and Pound, and will win this fight in the fourth round via TKO.
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