UFC 94 Recap: GSP Dominates, Machida Truly Earns Title Shot

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IFebruary 8, 2009

UFC 94 was supposed to be the battle to decide which fighter’s legacy grew from star-studded to legendary.  Georges St. Pierre was the only man that night that can claim to have done so, as by the night's end, he solidified his name at the top of everybody’s pound-for-pound rankings.

B.J. Penn was never really in the fight after the first round, as St. Pierre showed his wrestling dominance in taking down the elusive Penn.  St. Pierre continuously took down Penn within the first minute or two of rounds two, three and four and at the end of the fourth round, Penn’s corner decided to not let it go any further.  With the win, St. Pierre looks to his next opponent, which appears to be the younger, heavy-set Thiago Alves.

In the co-main event of the evening, a bout between undefeated 13-0 fighters in Thiago Silva and Lyoto Machida proved to be a one-sided affair, with Machida finishing the fight with a final flurry with only a few seconds left in the first round.  Machida threw one last punch that knocked out Silva with one second remaining, and referee Herb Dean decided to call the fight.  With the win, Machida believes he is ready for a title shot, as he stated in an interview with tatame.com.

“I’d like to fight with Rashad, but if it’s not possible I don’t pick another opponent. I’ll fight whoever comes. I might think (that I deserve a title shot), but Dana is our boss and I’ll do whatever he says.”

Machida currently is awaiting the bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine.  Dana White has said publicly that if Jackson were to win the bout, he would be next in line for a title shot with Rashad Evans.  However, if Jackson loses, White concluded that Machida would be next for a shot at Evans' Light Heavyweight title.