Diego Sanchez (Photo: ufc.ca)
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