Don't have to read it all, just let me know what you want to happen next for the competitors of UFC 94.
Georges St Pierre
Well what a truely great performance this was from GSP, he made BJ look like a bad fighter. And this is BJ Penn, the guy people talk of as being the most natural born fighter this sport has seen. As always GSP showed a complete well rounded game, his striking looked great as ever. He outstruck BJ in this fight, not just with kicking, but with boxing aswell. He beat BJ to the punch everytime.. It wasn't even like the first round BJ managed to outbox GSP, it was right from the start GSP was better than BJ everywhere. GSP's ability to pass BJ's guard was just unreal to watch.
So what's next? A great fight is what's next, GSP vs. Thiago Alves is almost a certainty at this point. These two have both been on such a good run lately. Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck are Thiago Alves' last few wins. What a great transformation considering the guy got subbed by Spencer Fisher in his UFC debut. Still only 25 aswell, GSP and Thiago are guys that can keep on improving for a while yet. Even though you'd think it's hard for them to get any better.
BJ Penn is probably completely embarassed by his performance at UFC 94, but that's because he's BJ Penn and he said what he said prefight, he has no reason to be embarassed by his performance. Getting beat like that by GSP is happening to everyone that fights him. BJ still showed great takedown defence in the first round, this wore him down a lot though, that was obvious. I think that anyone LW is going to have huge trouble taking him down.
There was speculation over whether BJ could be his great self at 170lbs, it is quite clear now where BJ needs to be to become the legend he wants to be. No more wanting these huge superfights in weight classes above 155. He needs to stay at 155, and try to dominate the division. There are so many great fights for him there aswell, Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin are getting better everytime they step out into the cage. Kenny Florian is the next guy in line for me, and the fact that GSP made BJ Penn look so amateurish, makes this fight all the more juicy.
Machida continues to dominate in every fight he gets. In this fight, Thiago followed Machida for the whole fight, I wonder what Machida is thinking "Wow thanks, has this guy ever seen me fight?" So Machida was able to counter effectively, and have his short bursts forward when Thiago wasn't expecting anything.
What Machida deserves next, is a title shot against Rashad Evans. Though what he deserves and what he gets are two different things. With the latest news of Machida's next fight depending on Rampage/Jardine, it doesn't look likely that he will get his shot. Rampage has to be the favourite in that fight, so Rampage will probably find himself fighting Rashad next. Machida will either wait to fight the winner, or fight another LHW. Maybe they'll make him rematch Franklin or something, which would be kind of silly matchmaking. Though there isn't really anyone else for Machida to fight right now at LHW... Shogun/Chuck/Cane/Cantwell/Rampage/Jardine/ are booked, Griffin is injured, Wanderlei is moving down. Waiting is probably what's going to happen for Machida....
Thiago was another guy made to look like an amateur at UFC 94, you can't really take any positives from his performance, stupid game plan, his striking looks poor, (and has never really been any good btw) Antonio Mendes who is not UFC worthy, dropped Thiago with a head kick. It was obvious when this fight was made that Lyoto could do whatever he wanted to Thiago on the feet, and I hope the people that were predicting a Thiago KO, weren't thinking it would be on the feet.
So what's next for Thiago? I like a fight with Rich Franklin, Rich would easily outstrike this guy, but would have to watch for takedowns. Thiago's top game is still great, and by far his best asset. If he gets you there, no doubt you're in trouble.
Jon Jones is also guilty of making someone look amateur. He threw Stephan around like he was nothing, just brilliant skills and natural athleticism shown in this fight from 'Bones' Jones. The weakness he showed was definitely gassing in the 3rd round, but hell the guy is 21. He's going to learn so much with time, what a brilliant prospect this guy is. A HUGE future as Joe Rogan says.
So what's next?
Please don't rush this guy, let him hoan his skills, give him a guy like Jake O'Brien. There is SO much time for this guy, he doesn't need to be rushed. Let him fight a few more fighters like this, despite what some people think, fighter's do need to be built, not just for the fans, but for themselves, for experience.
Stephan was very unlucky in his comeback last night, he ran into a beast. I still think his stand up is ok, it's better than a lot of fighters in the division. He does a decent top game too, with some good jiu jitsu.
I would say give him a guy like Houston, Stephan is coming off a massive lay off, and then runs into a guy like Jones. Bonnar needs a nice fight next. Unfortunately, Andre Gusmao has that opportunity of fighting Houston. Bonnar should fight a mid level fighter to get back into the swing of things. Don't throw him up there with the big dawgs, it's not what he needs right now.
Karo didn't look too great, and is obviously going through some problems at the moment. I really hope he can get passed these problems, because he has been such an exciting fighter in the past, his fight with Diego is just brilliant. He's still got skills, but to be able to compete with the top at the WW division (which is a seriously high level right now) he needs to improve in areas. Though Dong Hyun Kim is obviously a talented prospect, and it isn't easy to look good against someone like that, Karo isn't going to normally struggle that much in the clinch. So it's probably not as bad a performance as it is at first glance.
I'd like to see Karo fight Dustin Hazelett.. Though I believe he is injured now. I wouldn't be suprised if the Yoshiyuki Yoshida fight is on the cards.
Dong Hyun Kim
Dong again had a great round 1 in this fight, just like the Matt Brown fight, but faded as the fight went on. I'm really hoping he can improve on this, because if he can fight how he does in round 1, for the whole fight, he's going to be able to beat a lot of guys.
I'd like to see Stun Gun go at it with Akihiro Gono... I haven't seen the Fitch/Gono fight yet, which is why i'm not doing this for the undercard fights for the moment. But I think Gono is a guy who will punish Dong for gassing in rounds 2 and 3, not by KOing him or anything, I just think he's very capable of winning the last 2 rounds if Dong fades like he has in his last 2 fights. Just by picking at Dong on the feet as he gets sloppier. Though I expect Dong to keep improving, so I would pick him to beat Gono winning 2 of the 3 rounds
Which makes me sad, because I bum Gono.
Clay is always going to be like this, win a few lose a few, he's never going to take that next step in my opinion. He's good in the scrambles, like he always has been. His striking isn't up there with some of the other guys in the division, it doesn't help with his hair like that, but Guida without that hair, isn't the same Clay Guida. I'd love the guy to take the next step, he seems like such a great guy in general.
With the win over Diaz, he deserves the chance to take the next step, but Florian needs a title shot, Griffin, Sherk, Edgar, Maynard, Miller have fights. So maybe the winner of Joe Lauzon/Jeremy Stephens next week.
With this loss, now is the perfect time to rematch Manny Gamburyan, Manny was winning the fight up until his shoulder messed up. It was a damn shame, Manny is a tough mutha, he's a good grappler, good enough to avoid submissions from Nate I believe.
Sorry, I got bored at the end.