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UFC 94: Georges St. Pierre Beats B.J. Penn in Dominant Fashion

The UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre made a strong statement Saturday night in Las Vegas, dominating lightweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 94 in one of the biggest fights in the history of MMA.

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St. Pierre battered and bruised Penn throughout the fight, and Penn's corner decided after the fourth round that it wasn't safe for him to keep fighting, so he didn't answer the bell for the fifth. On my scorecard, St. Pierre won the first three rounds 10-9 and the fourth round 10-8.

The 27-year-old St. Pierre improved his career record to 18-2 and showed not only that he's the best welterweight in the world, but that he has a good case for being the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world regardless of weight class. Most pound-for-pound rankings have UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Affliction heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko ahead of St. Pierre, but that could change after tonight's showing.

Up next for St. Pierre is a welterweight title fight against Thiago Alves. Up next for Penn is a move back down to lightweight, where he'll defend his belt against Kenny Florian.

In other UFC 94 news, light heavyweight Lyoto Machida had his most impressive fight to date, knocking out the previously undefeated Thiago Silva at the end of the first round. Some UFC fans complain that Machida's elusive style makes for slow-paced fights, but it's hard to argue that after what Machida did to Silva tonight. Machida may very well get a light heavyweight title shot against Rashad Evans next.

St. Pierre and Machida were the only fighters to finish their opponents, with the other fights all going to decision in what started out as a lackluster show. But the dominant performances by Machida and St. Pierre, two of the sport's best fighters, gave UFC 94 an explosive ending, with St. Pierre's destruction of Penn giving the show an exclamation point.

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