Saturday, September 29, 2018

UFC 95: Battle of the TUF Winners

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UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson – Feb. 21, 2009 – London – O2 Arena

Diego Sanchez survived a bloody war with Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the main event of UFC 95.

Sanchez, who dropped to the lightweight division, beat Stevenson by unanimous decision in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter winners.

An audience of 2.4 million watched the tape-delayed show on Spike TV.

In the co-main event, Dan Hardy knocked out Rory Markham in 69 seconds.

Nate Marquardt scored a TKO win over Wilson Gouveia in the third round, improving his chances at  another shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Demian Maia score his fifth straight submission win, using a triangle choke to beat Chael Sonnen in 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

Paulo Thiago won the opener, upsetting Josh Koscheck by knockout in just under 3½ minutes.

Future UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos beat Stefan Struve by TKO in 54 seconds.

Terry Etim spoiled Brian Cobb’s Octagon debut with a TKO early in the second round.

Mike Ciesnolevicz subbed for Justin McCully, moved up to heavyweight and beat Neil Grove with a heel hook in 63 seconds.

In other pre-show fights, Evan Dunham knocked out Per Eklund of Sweden at the 2:14 mark; and Paul Kelly won a unanimous decision over Troy Mandaloniz

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