Live UFC 94 Report
Georges St. Pierre over BJ Penn Corner stops the fight in between rounds 4 and 5.
One of the most hightly anticipated bouts in UFC history turned into a blowout as Georges St. Pierre dominated Hawaiian BJ Penn en route to a TKO victory over the talented lightweight champion. As expected the bout started out close. with St. Pierre closing the distance and working for a takedown right off the bat. Penn's takedown defense proved to be as advertised early - one of the best in the business - as he used his other-worldly balance to stay on his feet and lands some punches on the face of St. Pierre as he hopped on one foot. St. Pierre abandoned it and landed a few solid punches of his own but the first one ended close with neither fighter asserting himself offesively. That all changed in round two.
St. Pierre again went straight for the clinch and worked for the takedown only this time the man known to his fans as GSP, was able to secure the takedown after a struggle and asserted himself from there. Using his solid positioning and top control St. Pierre went to work punching to the body, driving elbows into the face, and posturing up to fire off punches on Penn who seemed ill equiped to defend himself from the ground-and-pound onslaught. A deep knee to the body appeared to hurt Penn as Penn struggled to defend himself and get back to his feet. He couldn't, and as the round was coming to a close a cut underneath the left eye showed displayed some of the damage that had been done.
Round 3 and 4 were all GSP again as he started by pumping the jab which found it's mark opening up Penn's nose which bled all over his chest for most of the third round. St. Pierre went for the takedown again and this time it was all but uncontested as Penn's body simply looked bereft of energy as "Rush" took over with punches and elbows. The third round was another St. Pierre round, and the fourth round could very well have been 10-8. At one point St. Pierre had the crucifix position dropping elbows and punches into the face of Penn a al Matt Hughes, and despite Penn showing a resilient heart, his corner made the right call by calling the bout in between rounds 4 and 5 halting the bout, and Penn's bid of holding a title in two weight classes.
It was an impressive performance by St. Pierre who cemented his position atop the welterweight division and send him on the road to a bout with Thiago Alves who is next in line.
Georges St. Pierre over BJ Penn full 4 round live play by play
St Pierre's jab and low kick are punishing Penn, before scooping the legs for an uncontested takedown. St. Pierre secured the crucifix position and punishes Penn from the same position that Matt Hughes used to finish Penn. Penn is offering no defense, he is getting battered and has nothing left in the tank. St. Pierre is cutting through Penn's guard easily, there is almost no resistance whatsoever from Penn, who is showing heart eating punches and elbows and hanging on. The referee shold be stopping the fight as Penn is absolutely finished. 10-8 round for St. Pierre. The fight is over, Penn cannot continue, the fight is stopped. It looks like Penn's brother asked the doctor to stop the fight.
St. Pierre pumps a jab and Penns nose is bleeding bleeding profusely onto his body and Penn doesnt seem to have any energy left. St. Pierre takes the fight to the ground again and this time he gets the takedown easily as Penns defenses look depleted. St. Pierre's ground and pound is going to work. BJ Penn stands up and gets off his back but St. Pierre pulls the legs out from under him and has Penn's face pinned up against the fence. St. Pierre is in complete control as the third round comes to a close. 10-9 St. Pierre.
St. Pierre works hard and finally gets a takedown on BJ Penn. He lands a big punch from the guard and St. Pierre passes to side mount. Penns guard has been passed and St Pierre lands a great knee to the body and a little e bit of ground and pound. Penn regains guard but St. Pierre is posturing up and looking for big punches from the top. Penn is relaxed on his back but St. Pierre is taking over landing good punches and elbows from the guard. Penn is cut underneath his left eye and looks tired. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Both fighters are in tight clinch and staying close in the early goings of the round. St. Pierre drove Penn up against the fence and went for a takedown but couldnt take it to the mat. Very close round, St. Pierre landed a nice leg kick and a good combo, Penn landed punches hopping on one foot while GSP tried a takedown. Super close round. Maybe a SLIGHT edge to GSP.
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva
In typical Lyoto Machida style, the Dragon stayed away using leg kicks, jabs and knees from the outside darting in and out until catching Silva with a right hand that dropped Silva to the mat for the first down. Silva recovered and Machida let him get back up only to drop him again with a combo that had him scrambling from his back. Despite the two knockdowns Machida still stood up only to throw Silva to the mat and follow up with a big right hand that knocked Silva out cold, another left hand put an exclamation mark on the victory that happened just as the bell sounded to end the first round.
Referee Yves Lavigne dived in to separate the fighters just as the bell sounded to signal the end of the first round, stopped, took a good look at Silva whose hands were by his side, and waved his hands in the air to end the fight.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones
21-year-old Jon Jones served notice to the UFC light heavyweight division with an impressive unanimous decision victory over the TUF 1 veteran Stephan Bonnar, who looked rusty and confused against the superior athleticism of Jon Jones.
Jones dominated the first round, using spinning back kicks, upper body takedowns, and an electrifying spinning back elbow that dropped Bonnar to the canvas to take the round easily in what could be a 10-8 round. Bonnar looked confused and unsure of himself in his return to action after being away for over a year and Jones used his superior Greco-Roman wrestling to get to control the clinch and dominate the stand up for the first two rounds.
The third saw Jones slow down significantly as he went on to lose a slower third stanza to Bonnar who looked desperate trying everything to get on the scoresheet but it was not enough as the unanimous decision came down 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in favor of the young Jones.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim
A split decision that could have gone either way went to Karo The
Heat Parisyan, who defeated fellow Judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim by
scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. The first round was all Kim who
dominated by taking the fight right to the ground, working on the back
of Parisyan, and attempting multiple submission attempts that forced
Parisyan to work hard to keep himself out of trouble.
The second round saw Parisyan come back stronger getting a nice judo
takedown and controlling some of the action to take the round in a
round that didnt see a whole lot of offense and it looked like it was
going to come down to the third and final round.
The third was close, with neither fighter asserting themselves with any
significant offense and much of the fight spent with both fighters
jockeying for position against the cage. Kim landed a nice knee to the
body and Pariyan a nice punch against the fence and that punch appeared
to be the difference as he was able to secure the close split decision
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida
There wasnt a lot of definitive offense in this fight as Clay Guida stayed on Nick Diaz like a pitbull trapping him against the cage and holding on to him to control most of the action in a mostly uneventful fight that went the full three rounds.
In the first two rounds Guida appeared to be the stronger fighter using his wrestling to stay on the younger Diaz and with a single takedown attempts and control from the top while Diaz attempted to stay on the feet and attack with his reach and crisper boxing. With the exception of the first half of the third round - where Diaz looked like he had Guida on the run he wasnt able to stay where he needed to be to win the fight and in the end Guida took the split decision after three rounds. 29-28 28-29, 29-28
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