Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Funny Money Only" Picks of the Week (UFC 94)

This UFC will make up for the last dismal card.

Georges St. Pierre (170) vs. B.J. Penn (168)

You have to give credit to GSP. He gets KO'd by Matt Serra and wants a rematch. He barely beat Penn the first time and is looking forward to a rematch. Other than his chin, GSP reminds this writer of Evander Holyfield. Both relish challenges and invite a repeat. If GSP can avoid the ground game, look for him to narrowly beat Penn. If Penn can match his stand up with GSP, look for Penn to win by a choke.

My pick: GSP W5 Penn

Lyoto Machida (206) vs. Thiago Silva (206)

This may be the most intriguing card on the match as the main event, while a great one, is a rematch. Machida is a pure winner and Silva is a murderous puncher who has not been stretched in his brief, but dominant career. If this fight goes rounds, which it figures it will, look for Machida--a slow starter--to find his groove and win a comfortable, but not at all easy, decision. Look for Machida to avoid any typ of takedowns and look to stop Machida early.

--> Machida W3 Silva

Stephan Bonnar (206) vs. Jon Jones (206)

Jones is undefeated but untested. Bonnar has fought the best in the division and has always made it close. Unless Jones catches lightning in a bottle ...

Bonnar KO2 Jones

Karo Parisyan (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171)

Parisyan is battle tested but Kim is hungry. Look for Kim to pull an upset and outwork Parisyan.

Kim W3 Parisyan

Nathan Diaz (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)

This one has fight of the night written all over it as both fighters will fight like their MMA life span depends on it. The younger Diaz will face his toughest challenge to date ... and pass. Guida is as tough as they come and that is exactly what Diaz will count on in order to bait him in and win.

Diaz Sub2 Guida

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