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UFC 94 Lineup Complete; Fitch/Gono on Undercard


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The UFC has confirmed the full lineup for UFC 94: St Pierre vs. Penn 2 (January 31st, Las Vegas), and you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s nearly as stacked as this Saturday’s "Ultimate 2008." So stacked, in fact, that Jon Fitch‘s fight against Akihiro Gono is slated for the undercard, and may not be televised. Could this be the UFC’s passive-aggressive punishment for the video game licensing agreement drama that led to Fitch being fired for a day? Fitch/Gono does seem more main-card-worthy than Bonnar/Jones, after all. Anyway, check out the lineup below and draw your own conclusions…

Main Card
Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn (for welterweight championship)
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva (LHW)
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones (LHW)
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim (WW)
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida (LW)

Undercard
Jon Fitch vs. Akihiro Gono (WW)
Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares (LW)
Chris Wilson vs. John Howard (WW)
Jake O’Brien vs. Christian Wellisch (HW)
Matt Arroyo vs. Daniel Cramer (WW)

Related: Georges St. Pierre has been named Sportsnet.ca’s 2008 Canadian Athlete of the Year, after taking in 89% of fans’ votes. GSP beat out wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, Minnesota Twins first-baseman Justin Morneau, and tennis player Daniel Nestor. Said St. Pierre: “It’s an honor for me to have this award and being the first MMA guy to receive something like this…I want to be a good Canadian ambassador for the sport and represent MMA well."

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Me at UFC 94 live- December 29, 2008 at 7:11 am
I take back the GSP Silva matchup not happening. Just read an article that says Dana plans on that exact mathcup if GSP wins.
Me at UFC 94 live- December 29, 2008 at 6:54 am
Penn faces the same risks anyone else does going into the ring. He risk a beating or another loss, just as anyone else facing a champ. If he wins he gets a title and a belt. If GSP wants two belts he can loose 15lbs and face BJ at lightweight or step up and face Anderson Silva. I don't see either of these happening. There is not much motivation to step up and fights someone bigger than you, unless of course you happen to be in the middleweight division right now.
Anonymous- December 24, 2008 at 2:16 am
Are you kidding me? Is there anyone other than your ignorant butt that is unaware that she's in the wheelchair when she is racing them. I think not, Buzz.
Anderson Silva who?- December 23, 2008 at 10:00 am
UFC is like that little kid on the play ground that gets bullied...... when they get picked on things don't get there way they cry like a little bitch and come back wearing trench coats and caring machine guns --- In regards to putting Fitch on the undercard
Anonymouzzzzza- December 23, 2008 at 4:28 am
better see FItch fight that night ON TV!....the fuck is UFC thinking,,,I hate when big egos think they can do whatever they want, look like jerks and just dont care about it... Ok we get it, the UFC does whatever they want and we will still buy it... wonder if Fitch gonna make like 5 000$ for that fight on top of this insult...I d feel like a little bitch if I was Fitch....BUMMER!! They got you by the balls !!

Better hurry to win 13 in a row again..gain a little respect from those cocksuckers in the office!
P- December 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm
It's bullshit Fitch is the 3rd best fighter on this card, Gono has longtime been a entertaining fighter and yet we have piece of shit like Machida who will not doubt not engage and try to put people to sleep instead of seeing a decent fight with a hell of a lot of talent.

PLEASE Karo get hurt and no replacement be found.
Brian Boyd- December 22, 2008 at 7:29 pm
JON FITCH AS AN UNDERCARD!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE EFFING KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!
lorne greene- December 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm
This is a stacked card?

Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn (for welterweight championship)
Sloppy seconds but at least its a good one.
One of the rare UFC main Events that really is one. Remember those goobers in the UK that got Leben and the other reality homo as a main card?

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva (LHW)
The boring one vs a guy named Thiago but no one can tell those apart.. alves, silva, splitter. Machida by uber-boredom.

Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones (LHW)
Who? What? Are these poker players? NHL players?
(I went to wikipedia, seems Bonnar is a reality TV homo.. sorry, Id rather watch drunken hobos fighting)

Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim (WW)
Really? The 4th best fight on EliteXC's last show was better than this. Who wants or even cares about this?

Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida (LW)
I like Nate, he's fun, he's entertaining.
I hate Guida. He is the Anti-Diaz. He makes MMA seem like
golf or baseball. 15 mins of him standing and humping a guy... not fun.


Good average card with a very good main event.
Stacked? No fucking way.

E Honda- December 22, 2008 at 6:21 pm
I said this once and I'll say it again Thiago Silva is a fucking BEAST! There is no way Machida will be able to run away from him the entire fight. It will be like a cheasy horror movie where the heroine trys to flee the entire movie only to be brutally mauled when, finally attempting to make a stand.

The GSP fight is all ready starting to give me goosebumps. There is so much riding on that fight for both fighters careers/legacies that I probably will be so nervous and unable to watch, haha.

GSP! GSP! GSP!
Flyin Hawaiian- December 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm
I'm glad GSP is winning all these awards because on Jan. 31st Penn is going to take his belt away. So at least GSP will have those awards to keep his spirits up while he goes back to the sports psychiatrist to figure things out.
Tpark- December 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Neither is Machida. FCK Machida. Mr. "Elusive" should elude his way out of the main card
Tpark- December 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm
Dong Hyun Kim vs Parissyan isnt a fight I really want to see. Kim isn't really a crowd pleaser. And his last bout aginst brown was just awful and slow to see. Gono/Fitch would definitely add more potential as a main. The only reason why Bonnar is on the main is cuz he kinda like Dana whites poster boy. His match with Griffin in the TUF1 finale brought in a huge rating for UFC and Spiketv.
spennyG is the MAN!- December 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm
That was some truly funny shit!

Anyone smell a lil' bit of Roger Huertas on Fitch??
spennyG- December 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm
hey uhhhh, dr.phil, do you really think any meathead that patronizes this site will read your entire bullshit post? start you own fucking sight on the internet for kids who read good.stick to self depricating quips or two word expression for hate. you cant win a pulitzer on an mma forum. fucknuts.
spennyG- December 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm
dana white is fucking gay...there. you see how i did that, anonymous? that ones free. next time im charging your dumb ass.
Anonymous- December 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm
The fact that some American fans do in fact better appreciate the art of fighting does not effect the element of truth in his comment: the dominant cultural tendencies in the different regions are different, and it sure as hell looks like the fighters and fighting in general are better respected in Japanese culture than here.

Theories:

Perhaps the fact that the more open fighting of MMA is seen as barbaric or taboo by a significant portion of the populace is the catalyst for the cruder attitudes and behavior of audience members in the US. Many no doubt feed off the fact that some people find it brutal and cruel, and so themselves relish in the brutality and cruelty due to another culturally dominant attitude: to be rebellious, different, and ahead of the status-quo. A silly opposition ensues: you either condemn the brutality or relish in it. In Japan, fighting and martial arts do not seem to have this marginalized character, so it's easier for the dominant cultural tendency to be one of respect and reverence for the effort and skill of the combatants, instead of respect for who is more brutal, more daring, and furthest beyond a stale status quo of anti-conflict.

The fact that UFC fights are held in cages may add another aspect to the opposition. We see animals as things-to-be-caged, adding another sense of animalistic brutality to the perception of the fight. It seems to be a dominant description of MMA here, so I don't think it's an unfair cultural observation. Whenever I want to talk to someone about MMA who is not a fan, the clearest, and sometimes the ONLY way I can get them to realize what I am talking about is by calling it cage-fighting, or sometimes by mentioning the UFC, which is often followed by "ohhh, you mean that cage fighting?"
Farthammer- December 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm
Karo and Bonnar fights both get a solid "Meh" from me. Machida...eh. The only hope I have for that fight is he reads the blogs, sees that everyone hates his style, and decides to go apeshit on Silva and puts on a show. Other than that, the only two fights I want to watch are GSP/BJ and Diaz.
gesus- December 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm
wow, dana is an ass for putting fitch/gono on the undercard..

im excited to see clay vs diaz though!
Dr.- December 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm
Yeah, the only time I want to watch Machida is when he's getting KTFO'D! If GSP/Penn wasn't the main, I'd pass on The Sleepy Dragon. I guess that's the fight to take a dump during. You know you'll have at least 15 minutes to take care of business proper.
Sodak- December 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm
i wanna see machida fight about as bad as i wanna see Transporter three with Frank Mir.
Dr.- December 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm
And that event poster is a joke! Yeah, BJ is a champ in the lightweight division but this fight isn't at lightweight -- it's at WW, where GSP has the belt. The image should not feature the LW belt if it's not the thing being fought over.

You do this when you're unifying belts in a weight class. It would make sense to having Lesnar and Nog (when he beats Mir) with their respective belts for THAT poster. Or boxing where there are the crazyass belts floating around. Klitch has the HW locked.

I know this deal is the battle of champions but both championships aren't on the line. GSP's is and he's the dog BJ has to beat - not the other way around. BJ holds no belt at WW and the poster should reflect that.
THE FATASS BADASS- December 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm
Seeing that Fitch v Gono is a swing bout, meaning it airs if times available, then Machida will un-doubt-edely-ly, whatever, he will CERTAINLY make sure this fight never makes it to PPV! Boring, asian, little kid from 'Monster Squad' looking bastard.
Maud- December 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Wow, going from fighting for the belt to fighting on the undercard. That's some shit right there.
Dr.- December 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Yeah, Fitch/Gono on the undercard and having Bonnar on the main???? Are you fucking kidding me? BULLSHIT. Could care less about seeing "The Heat". Dong didn't really do enough in the Matt Brown to get me excited about seeing him again.

Good old Dana giving it to Fitch a little for calling out his angry school kid temper. Sad sad sad.
Durden- December 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm
It's all about the PPV's baby!
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