Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr., photo by Chris Cozzone
In one of the great performances of modern times, UFC world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre beat and battered lightweight champion BJ Penn for four rounds until the fight was stopped before the start of round five. In round one, the larger St. Pierre held Penn against the cage and landed short punches. Round two saw St. Pierre takeover the fight completely however as he landed heavy strikes from the top position. The beating from the much larger and much stronger St. Pierre continued until the corner of Penn decided they had seen enough. The fight was waved off before the start of round five giving Georges St. Pierre the TKO victory.
In the co-main, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida staked his claim as the number one contender for the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out fellow unbeaten Thiago Silva with less than a second left in round one. At 4:59, Machida threw Silva to the ground and landed a heavy right hand just before the buzzer. Silva lay stiffened, clearly unable to continue.
In other results: Jon “Bones” Jones battered light heavyweight veteran Stephan Bonnar over three rounds to win a unanimous decision. Scores read 29-28 twice and 30-27. Karo “The Heat” Parysian scored a three round, split decision over the Korean superstar Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight contest. Scores all read 29-28. Lightweight Clay Guida ended TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz’s UFC win streak by earning a hard three round split decision. Scores all read 29-28. Former welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch out worked Akihiro Gono en route to earning a dominant unanimous decision victory Scores read 30-27 twice and 30-26. Lightweight Thiago Tavares earned a unanimous decision over Manny Gamburyan. All three judges scored the bout 29-28. John Howard scored an early upset as he earned a split decision over Chris Wilson. Scores all read 29-28. Jake O’Brien earned a split decision victory over Christian Wellisch in both men’s first bout at light heavyweight. Scores all read 29-28.Welterweight Dan Cramer was awarded a split decision victory over Matt Arroyo. Scores all read 29-28. Stay tuned for a full report and photo gallery tomorrow!