If you ask most MMA fans what fight they are most excited for at UFC94, 99% would say the rematch between BJ Penn and GSP. The classy champion from the frozen wasteland of Montreal meets the warm blooded champion/challenger from the black sands of Hilo Bay. Sounds like the making of a classic right? That storyline never gets old, two world class champs from completely different backgrounds on a collision course for a claim to being the world’s top pound for pound fighter.
I personally can’t wait, although there is something that just doesn’t sit right with me about this event. There seems to be a complete lack of hype and excitement for what I think could be a FOTY candidate, Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida. Diaz, including TUF 5, is 8-0 in the UFC, which would tie Jon Fitch and Royce Gracie with longest UFC win streak. I know TUF fights don’t count on an official record, and most of you might disregard those wins since not everyone on the show is always UFC caliber, but all 3 of his wins inside the house came against fighters still competing in the UFC (Rob Emerson, Corey Hill, Gray Maynard). Diaz should be getting very close to the top of a very crowded LW division.
Clay Guida is an exciting fighter coming out of the midwest that has shown time after time that his fights are a must see. He has seen some great success in the UFC, to go along with some bad breaks and inconsistency. In his most recent fights he put on a wrestling and GnP clinic against Mac Danzig, season 6 winner of TUF. He clearly demonstrated he has what it takes to hang with the elite of the division, and I expect nothing less from him when the two lock horns at UFC 94. It will be the first fight on the card and I predict it sets the table for how amazing this fight card should be. Both guys are known for big gas-tanks and I expect a fast paced brawl that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Diaz will pull it off in the end, and Dana will be forced to give 2 Fight of the Night bonuses again, because we all know BJ and GSP will not disappoint.