It has been a while since I've written something, but I'm back to speak my mind. Today's topic: UFC 94.
Unless you live in a glass house with no TV or Internet, you've heard about UFC 94 this Saturday. Fans are so hyped for this fight (mostly since the next few cards appear sub-par), that this card may be the highest grossing event this year (with exception to the possible super-card Dana White can make for UFC 100 in July—time will tell)
Here are the upcoming bouts on the main card:
Light Heavyweight bout: Thiago Silva vs. Lyoto Machida
This is my second-most anticipated fight on this card. Ironically, some of my favorite fighters are named Silva, Silva, and (wait for it....) Silva. Lyoto has faced some tougher competition than Thiago has, however I think Thiago's aggression can take over and perhaps finish the fight.
Lyoto is a very elusive fighter, so I am giving him the benefit of losing to a split decision. Both fighters are 13-0, so one of them will see their first mark on their incredible records.
Anderson Silva was able to maintain his title due to a freak injury by Patrick Cote in UFC 90, Wanderlei Silva got knocked out by Rampage Jackson in UFC 92 in December, so let's hope Thiago Silva can bring a victory to the Silva name.
My pick: Thiago Silva wins by split decision.
Light Heavyweight bout: Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones
Not sure why this fight made the main card when you have Jon Fitch fighting, but here is Stephan Bonnar's big shot at redemption. The steroid scandal after his rematch with Forrest Griffin has taken Bonnar off the MMA radar.
Bonnar is coming off two straight victories, and could really use another to help him climb the latter for a future title shot. If he should lose this one, I can't imagine him ever getting a title shot since this is only his third fight in two-and-a-half years.
My pick: Stephan Bonnar wins by unanimous decision.
Welterweight bout: Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Karo is one of the top welterweights in MMA. He has faced the tougher competition than Dong Hyun Kim, and Parisyan has won the majority of them too. This is Kim's toughest competitor to date, so we shall see if he is up to the challenge.
My pick: Karo Parisyan wins by TKO in round two
Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida
This should be an exciting fight and possible fight of the night. Clay Guida is like the Iron-man/Energizer Bunny of the UFC. He keeps coming at you, and never seems to tire. This is a characteristic the young Diaz hasn't faced yet. My prediction is if Clay Guida can avoid the submission attempts of Nate Diaz, he can win a decision.
My pick: Clay Guida wins by unanimous decision.
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St-Pierre (champion) vs. BJ Penn (challenger)
This has all the makings of a four or five round war. Both are cardio-machines, having been in championship fights before. The pace in the latter rounds of the fight should be great.
As witnessed on UFC Primetime, both fighters look well-trained and well-prepared. After saying all of that, I'm taking GSP to maintain his belt. Here is a quick summary of the advantages per category.
Wrestling: Advantage GSP
Intangibles: Advantage GSP (natural weight class, superior training, aggression/pressure)
It would be nice to witness history in BJ Penn being the first fighter to hold two titles in the UFC at the same time, but not going to happen.
My pick: Georges St-Pierre wins by unanimous decision
As for the preliminary card, I'm taking Fitch, Gamburyan, Wilson, O'Brien, and Arroyo. Enjoy the fights everybody.