UFC 94: Writer's Picks

Andrew AltonCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2009

UFC 94:  GSP vs. Penn II will take place this Saturday.

The card is absolutely stacked.  This might be the best fight card offered by the UFC for the first six months of 2009.

I mean, when Jon Fitch vs. Akihiro Gono is on the undercard, you know you have a solid main card.  Although, I strongly believe Bonnar vs. Jones is a fight that screams undercard, and that Fitch is still being punished by the UFC (read Dana White) for being difficult about signing the gaming rights.

With Machida facing off against Silva, one of the two fighters will get their first loss.  You would think the winner edges closer to a title shot against Rashad Evans, but the UFC has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Machida in an attempt to not give him a title shot. 

Outside of the main event, the fight I am most excited for is Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida.  This is a classic style match up of a submission expert against a wrestler.  Guida is a madman in the octagon and Diaz just sounds mad every time he speaks.

Not that I need to mention it, but GSP vs. Penn will be huge.  Not that the fight needed hyped, but UFC Primetime has succeeded at getting me more amped for the fight.

Couple more notes on that.

GSP looks like a businessman in the octagon.  He goes to work, knows what needs to be done, and takes care of business.  I am shocked at the amount of big name fighters willing to go to Canada to help GSP train (Marquardt, Evans, Jardine, Cerrone, etc.).  In my opinion, that is a statement about GSP's high character.

Penn can talk the talk but can he walk the walk?  I know there is plenty of editing, but perhaps Penn should spend more time preparing for the Champ instead of talking trash about him and his trainer into the camera.  Just a suggestion.

Now...on to the picks.  The writers contributing their picks for this event are...

Brian Oswald (9-1)

Jaime Moreno (8-2)

Flyin' Hawaiian (8-2)

Andrew Alton (8-2)

Mike Leanza (7-3)

Jessy Morris (6-4)

Robert DesRoche (0-0)


Matt Arroyo vs. Dan Cramer

Arroyo:  Oswald, Moreno, FH, Alton.

Cramer:  DesRoche, Leanza, Morris.

The Consensus:  Matt Arroyo wins by second round submission.


Jake O'Brien vs. Christian Wellisch

O'Brien:  Leanza, Moreno, DesRoche, Oswald, Alton, Morris.

Welllisch:  FH.

The Consensus:  Jake O'Brien wins by first round knockout.


Chris Wilson vs. John Howard

Wilson:  Unanimous.

The Consensus:  Chris Wilson wins by decision.


Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares

Gamburyan:  DesRoche, Leanza, FH.

Tavares:  Oswald, Moreno, Alton, Morris.

There is no consensus.


Jon Fitch vs. Akihiro Gono

Fitch:  Unanimous.

The Consensus:  Jon Fitch wins by unanimous decision.


Karo Parisyan vs. Don Hyun Kim

Parisyan:  DesRoche, Oswald, FH, Leanza.

Kim:  Moreno, Alton, Morris.

The Consensus:  Karo Parisyan by split decision.


Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida

Diaz:  Oswald, Leanza, Moreno.

Guida:  DesRoche, FH, Alton, Morris.

There is no consensus.


Stephan Bonnar vs. Jim Jones

Bonnar:  FH, Leanza, Moreno, Alton, Morris.

Jones:  DesRoche, Oswald.

The Consensus:  Stephan Bonnar wins by third round knockout.


Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Machida:  DesRoche, FH, Moreno, Oswald, Alton, Morris.

Silva:  Leanza.

The Consensus:  Lyoto Machida wins by split decision.


Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn

GSP:  Oswald, Leanza, Alton, Morris.

Penn:  DesRoche, FH, Moreno.

There is no consensus.


I hope everyone enjoys the fights.  As always, I will post another article Sunday after the fights.

Come on GSP!


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