Here it is folks! That time is virtually upon us for the fight of the decade as two of the world’s greatest mixed-martial artists meet in the Octagon for the UFC’s Welterweight Championship. And with that come the General’s UFC 94 event predictions.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim — 170 lbs
Parisyan, like Bonnar, has had to endure a long injury-riddled layoff from the cage. However, unlike Bonnar Parisyan looked out of shape at the weigh-ins despite making weight.
He faces a fellow judo practitioner in Kim and will be looking to regain his status as an elite welterweight. Kim recently became the first Korean fighter to score a victory in the UFC and I believe he’s going to add to his total later tonight.
Kim by unanimous decision
Jon Fitch vs. Akihiro Gono — 170 lbs
Fitch returns to the Octagon after feeling the wrath of St.-Pierre for five rounds back in August. Now he gets the fun-loving Gono as he tries to work his way back up to the top of the contenders once again.
Gono is a solid fighter but Fitch is one of the division’s best and this analyst thinks we will see Fitch begin a new winning streak.
Fitch by 2nd round TKO
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones — 205 lbs
Bonnar is coming off a year absence after suffering a knee injury. At the weigh-ins on Friday he looked ready to go and from all his recent interviews the knee shouldn’t be a problem. His opponent is “Bones” Jones, the 21-year-old phenom who like Bonnar is 6’4″. The difference, however, is the age (Bonnar 12 years his senior) and MMA experience which definitely give an edge to Bonnar’s corner.
This analyst, however, is not deterred. I think Jones’ athleticism and unpredictability is going to be the difference in this fight.
Jones 2nd rd KO
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida — 155 lbs
This fight should be a barn-burner between two of the division’s faster-paced lightweights. The 22-year-old Diaz is on a tear since winning the Ultimate Fighter season 6 while Guida has been up and down in his last three fights.
Diaz is certainly the more talented of the two fighters and with his incredible length/reach advantage (a good six inches in height) he should be able to impose his will on the much smaller Guida.
Diaz by triangle submission, 1st round
Thiago Silva vs. Lyoto Machida — 205 lbs
In the co-main event of the evening, two undefeated light heavyweights battle to establish themselves alongside former division champ, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, for No. 1 contender status.
The fighter who emerges with is undefeated record unblemished will undoubtedly be next in line for a title shot after Jackson has his chance in the early summer (given a successful win over Jardine in March).
The fight should be a battle of wills. Can Machida keep Silva at bay with his unorthodox in and out style or will Silva be able to pressure Machida and effectively strike a fighter who has been hit a total of 45 times in six total fights in the UFC? It will certainly be interesting to see. I however think the karate fighting Machida will continue his winning ways and be impressive once again but disposing of Silva will be no easy task…
Machida by unanimous decision
Georges St.-Pierre vs. BJ Penn — Welterweight Championship
For a detailed breakdown of this fight and my thoughts see the roundtable discussion.
I’m going to be succinct here. I think GSP is too physical, well-rounded and athletic for Penn to deal with. GSP is just simply the best welterweight in the World and I believe he is coming into his own — and it’s scary.
A legendary performance will be put on display and after controlling Penn for 3+ rounds, I see a nice three punch combination dropping a bloody Penn to the canvas and a subsequent bombardment of elbows and hammerfists forcing the referee to put a stop to the fight.
GSP by TKO (strikes) rd 4