Welcome to MMAFrenzy.com’s live coverage of UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn II, which takes place this evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC welterweight championship will be on the line in the UFC 94 main event as current 170-pound title-holder Georges St-Pierre rematches current UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn. Tonight’s main card also features Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva, Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim, Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida, and Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones.
MMAFrenzy.com’s live coverage of UFC 94 begins at 7:45pm ET with preliminary card results followed by main card play-by-play beginning at 10pm ET. Stick with MMAFrenzy.com after the fights for our UFC 94 recap and post-event news.
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UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN II RESULTS
- Georges St-Pierre (c) def. BJ Penn via TKO (referee’s stoppage) — Round 4, 5:00
UFC Welterweight Championship
- Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva via KO (punch) — Round 1, 4:59
- Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jon Fitch def. Akihiro Gono via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Howard def. Chris Wilson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jake O’Brien def. Christian Wellisch via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dan Cramer def. Matt Arroyo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY
NATE DIAZ VS. CLAY GUIDA
Fan favorite Clay Guida is absolutely amped as he enters the octagon. Most fighters would probably be gassed from the energy he’s expending before this fight even begins. Much calmer entrance for Diaz, who enters to a mixed reception from the crowd. Eight-inch reach advantage for Diaz in the first televised bout of the evening.
Round 1 – Guida sneaks punches through in the opening seconds. Better striking for Guida early, who’s doing a good job early in avoiding Diaz’s strike. Diaz starts to connect a minute into the opening round, forcing Guida to grab a leg and look for a takedown but Diaz keeps it standing. Leg kick by Guida, who gets Diaz to the ground and nearly falls into mount, but Diaz re-captures guard. Guida takes Nate’s back and applies a full-nelson that he uses to get into side control. Big elbows from Guida before Nate scrambles back to his feet. Guida doesn’t let him go and uses a single leg to slam Diaz back to the canvas. Ground and pound by Guida from Diaz’s guard. Guida takes his back again but they return to their feet late where Diaz lands a few late strikes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Guida.
Round 2 – Diaz uses his reach advantage early in the second to connect with jabs before the fighters clinch. Guida presses Diaz against the fence and works for a takedown but Diaz successfully defends and keeps the fight standing. Diaz working for a kimura but Guida is aware and stays on top. Switch by Diaz gets Guida to the canvas. Guida briefly takes Nate’s back before the fighters return to their feet and battle for position. Guida again gets behind Diaz and works to get him to the ground but Diaz scores a trip takedown. Guida is relentless and remains on Diaz’s back, but is unable to provide much offense. Another switch by Diaz takes Guida down but Clay again keeps the dominant position. Late triangle attempt by Diaz but time expires. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Guida.
Round 3 – Punches by both fighters to open the final frame. Big punches land for Diaz but Guida doesn’t yet look for the takedown. Diaz clinches with Guida again the fence but they quickly break. Diaz starts to pick Guida apart with strikes so Guida shoots for a takedown and presses Diaz against the fence. Diaz is able to remain on his feet before tripping Guida to the canvas but it’s again unsuccessful as Guida gets his back yet again. Back on their feet Guida continues to look for the takedown, eventually suceeding and going to work from Diaz’s guard. Guida passes and takes Diaz’s back yet again but Diaz stands up. Guida presses forward and looks for another takedown, but Diaz defends until the fighters scramble for a finish just before the final bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Guida and the bout 30-27 Guida.
Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
KARO PARISYAN VS. DONG HYUN KIM
Round 1 – Parisyan comes out aggressive with wild punches before clinching with Kim, who scores the first takedown. After a scramble Kim takes Parisyan’s back. Parisyan stands up but Kim hangs on. Parisyan flips in an attempt to shake Kim but he hangs on and goes to work from Parisyan’s back. Kim gets the crowd into it before Parisyan stands up with Kim still on his back. Another attempt by Parisyan to shake Kim is unsuccessful but Parisyan escapes on an armbar attempt. Kim locks on a triangle but Parisyan slips out and goes to work from Kim’s guard. The fighters return to their feet and Parisyan immediately goes for a takedown but Kim again takes his back. Karo gets away much quicker this time and the fighters clinch against the fence with Kim throwing knees to the legs of Parisyan. The fighters separate and Kim lands a late hook before the opening round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 – Parisyan tries to setup a takedown with wild punches but Kim easily defends and reverses to the outside against the fence. Throw by Parisyan, who grabs Kim’s arm and attempts a kimura but Kim defends and both fighters return to their feet. The fighters work for takedowns against the fence before Parisyan executes a beautiful judo throw into side control. Parisyan is unable to keep him on the canvas as they get back to their feet and Kim presses Karo against the fence. Parisyan reverses and works knees before the fighters split. The bout is halted to allow Parisyan to replace his mouthpiece for the second time in the fight but the action quickly resumes. Much is made of Parisyan’s apparently uncomfortable and non-fitting mouthpiece before Parisyan closes the second with a few solid punches. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Parisyan.
Round 3 – Parisyan quickly advances and looks for a takedown but it’s Kim who scores a takedown from the clinch. Karo works his legs up to setup a triangle then pushes Parisyan off with his foot, but he’s warned for his “get off me bitch” kick. The fighters quickly restart and they again clinch against the fence and work for takedowns. Kim on the outside but Karo does a good job neutralizing. Knee to the body by Kim before Karo reverses. Flying knee attempt by Karo is unsuccessful. Parisyan works Kim to the canvas but Kim gets back to his feet and works for a takedown. The crowd begins to boo as we approach a seventh-straight decision to start UFC 94. Parisyan again reverses and drags Kim to the ground but they’re instantly back up. Both fighters neutralizing eachother’s takedowns but offering little offense. Knees to the leg for both fighters. Both fighters throw punches in the closing seconds and Karo continues to press forward until the horn sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Parisyan and the bout 29-28 Parisyan, though this was a tough fight to score and could clearly go either way.
Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Between bouts it was officially announced that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites and Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will headline UFC 97 on April 18th in Montreal, Canada.
STEPHAN BONNAR VS. JON JONES
Round 1 – Both fighters aggressive early throwing powerful punches and kicks but little connects. Bonnar grabs a kick but Jones reverses and attempts for a takedown but Bonnar sprawls to keep it standing. Takedown for Jones into side control but Bonnar quickly works back to his feet. Jones again flips Bonnar to the ground but they’re back up again. Both fighters throw kicks before Bonnar closes and clinches, pressing Jones against the fence. Bonnar tries to get Jones to the canvas but Jones is too powerful and gets Bonnar to the canvas several times before connecting with a spinning elbow that hurts Bonnar. He hesitates and Bonnar recovers, returning to his feet bloodied. Knee by Jones, who scores a late takedown before the first round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Jones.
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s reaction to the spinning elbow knockdown is a must-see.
Round 2 – Bonnar and Jones trade kicks to open the second before getting Bonnar back on the ground. Knee by Jones as Bonnar returns to his feet. Another takedown for Jones, who unleashes powerful elbows from Bonnar’s half-guard. Bonnar again works back to his feet, but Jones lands another knee. Kick to the body lands for Bonnar. Body kick by Jones is countered by and overhand right. The fighters clinch against the fence and Bonnar presses forward but they quickly separate. Bonnar connects with a combo from close range before they again clinch. Knee to the body for Bonnar before separating. Jones appears tired and Bonnar presses forward, but is flipped onto the canvas. They get back to their feet in the closing seconds and Jones goes for an unsuccessful scissor trip just before the horn. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Jones, though it’s much closer than the first.
Round 3 – After missing a punch Bonnar clinches with Jones against the fence and goes to work with strikes to the body. Bonnar separates and connects with a right. Bonnar presses forward but the gassed Jones gets the takedown and is into side control after escaping a triangle attempt. Bonnar back to his feet where Jones works foot stomps. The fighters seperate with 90-seconds remaining but Bonnar again clinches. They separate and Bonnar advances in the final seconds, but Jones evades to close out the bout. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Jones and the bout 30-27 Jones.
Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
LYOTO MACHIDA VS. THIAGO SILVA
Round 1 – Silva moves forward as expected while Machida moves and strikes. Kick to the body for Machida. Accidental knee to the groin by Machida briefly stops the contest but we’re quickly back underway and Silva connects a kick. Machida gets a takedown but both fighters quickly return to their feet. Knee to the body sets up a punch that drops Silva to the canvas but he recovers and gets full guard. Machida backs away and is reluctant to return the ground, eventually allowing Silva to get back to his feet. Machida blasts Siva with another combo that sends him back to the ground but Silva is again allowed to stand. The fighters clinch against the fence and Machida trips Silva to the canvas. Lyoto pounces and knocks Silva out with a perfectly-placed punch to the head, then follows up with another just before the bell sounds and the referee intervenes.
Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva via KO (punch) — Round 1, 4:59
Despite having a translator by his side, Machida opts to show off his surprisingly good English in his post-fight interview, declaring he’s ready for a title shot against “whoever, whenever.” Machida delivered with a knockout he and the UFC needed if he’s to get an eventual title shot.
GEORGES ST-PIERRE (C) VS. BJ PENN
UFC Welterweight Championship
Round 1 – Penn immediately clinches and works knees to the body. St-Pierre returns knees, then presses Penn against the fence. St-Pierre works for a takedown but Penn stays on his feet as both fighters exchange body shots in the clinch. GSP continues to press for the takedown but Penn refuses to give in. They seperate and St-Pierre throws leather but Penn evades major damage. GSP grabs a leg and tries to drag Penn to the canvas but Penn keeps it standing. Punches up the middle by Penn in the clinch then the fighters separate. GSP sneaks punches through Penn’s defense. Penn starting to land with the jab before St-Pierre again clinches but backs away. Leg kick by GSP. St-Pierre lands in the final seconds of the first. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre.
Round 2 – St-Pierre works the body early but Penn advances and connects with a punch. St-Pierre clinches with Penn against the fence and both fighters throw compact-but-powerful strikes. St-Pierre finally gets Penn to the canvas and Penn keeps a high guard. St-Pierre works punches to the body. St-Pierre postures and punches, then passes to side control and grinds away with ground and pound. Penn neutralizes GSP’s hands but St-Pierre delivers knees to the ribs. Penn reclaims guard but St-Pierre again postures up and drops punches from the top. Penn remains calm on the bottom, remaining active but St-Pierre again passes to side control. Jailbreak allows Penn to get back to guard. More ground and pound by GSP opens up a cut. Penn does his best to neutralize St-Pierre in the remaining seconds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre.
Round 3 – GSP connects to the body early then gets Penn back the ground. St-Pierre passes to half-guard but Penn regains full guard. Penn does a much better job neutralizing GSP this round but GSP continues to unleash ground and pound when possible. Penn powers back to his feet and press St-Pierre against the fence. St-Pierre works Penn back to the ground and goes to work with more ground and pound with Penn pressed against the fence. St-Pierre stands drops punches then gets back into Penn’s guard for the final seconds of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 St-Pierre.
Round 4 – St-Pierre quickly advances at Penn to start the fourth. GSP lands a jab followed by a pick. Another takedown for St-Pierre, who immediately passes to side control. GSP pins Penn to the canvas and unleashes elbows and punches. Penn struggling to survive as St-Pierre continues to pound away, though he’s warned for hitting the back of the head. GSP nearly has mount but Penn gets back to side control where St-Pierre batters Penn with hammer fists. Glancing elbow to the side of Penn’s head as GSP looks to mount but Penn gets half guard. St-Pierre back to side control where he continues the ground and pound assault. Penn tries to get GSP back into his guard but St-Pierre continues to pass and work ground and pound with a minute still remaining. Penn keeps moving but this one is close to being stopped as St-Pierre continues to batter Penn with ground and pound. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-8 St-Pierre.
After consulting with the doctor and talking to Penn’s corner referee Herb Dean has waved off the contest, awarding Georges St-Pierre the TKO victory.
Georges St-Pierre def. BJ Penn via TKO (referee’s stoppage) — Round 4, 5:00