by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday officially released the full fight card for its Jan. 31 event, featuring a welterweight title defense by champion Georges St. Pierre in a mega-fight with UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
A win for Penn would make him the first champion in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently. Besides a future title defense against Thiago Alves, a St. Pierre victory could possibly line-up another dual champion bout, with current middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The main card also features a light heavyweight bout between Top 10 ranked fighters Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva and an expected barnburner between Nate Diaz and Clay Guida.
The preliminary card features many UFC veterans, but is most notedly, and perhaps surprisingly, highlighted by a welterweight clash between Jon Fitch, just one fight removed from a challenge to St. Pierre’s title, against Japanese fighter Akihiro Gono.
UFC 94 Fight Card:
Main Card Bouts:
-Georges St. Pierre (#1 Welterweight in the World)* vs. B.J. Penn (#2 Lightweight in the World)*
-Lyoto Machida (#4 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Thiago Silva (#10 Light Heavyweight in the World)*
-Karo Parisyan (#10 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Dong Hyun Kim
-Nathan Diaz vs. Clay Guida
-Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones
Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Jon Fitch (#2 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Akihiro Gono
-Jake O’Brien vs. Christian Wellisch
-Chris Wilson vs. John Howard
-Manny Gamburyan vs. Thiago Tavares
-Matt Arroyo vs. Dan Cramer
*Based on the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings