2.26.2009

UFC 95 Results

Aside from losing power midway through the fights, UFC 95 was a good fun night of quality fights. The surprise knockout of Koschek was impressive, brutal and still might have been called a moment early.

Main event:
Diego Sanchez (19-2) vs. Joe Stevenson (29-9)
Prediction: Sanchez by TKO in Round 2.
Result: Sanchez by unanimous decision.

Undercard:
Dan Hardy (20–6) vs. Rory Markham (16-4)
Prediction: Hardy by unanimous decision
Result: Hardy by KO in Round 1.

Nate Marquardt (27-8-2) vs. Wilson Gouveia (12-5)
Prediction: Marquardt by TKO in Round 1
Result: Marquardt by TKO in Round 3

Demian Maia (9-0) vs. Chael Sonnen (21-9-1)
Prediction: Maia by submission in Round 2
Result: Maia by submission in Round 1

Josh Koscheck (12-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (7-0)
Prediction: Koscheck by TKO in Round 2
Result: Thiago by TKO in Round 1

Paul Kelly (8-1) Vs. Troy Mandaloniz (3-1)
Prediction: Kelly by TKO in Round 1
Result: Kelly by unanimous decision.

That puts me at a pretty solid 5 for 6 on the night with the upset coming in the Koscheck/Thiago fight. That uppercut followed by the thundering left was impressive in the extreme. Not sure if Kos was done but damn, nonetheless!

And, with all due respect, Joe Stevenson is a boring fighter to watch. I've seen him fight several times in the last few months and his game is tired. He needs to either improve his fighting or move on to a new promotion.

As for the next upcoming show, UFC 96 Jackson vs. Jardine, I'm just not overly interested in the main event. There are some good fights on the undercard but I don't see the event being a must-see. The Gonzaga/Carwin fight is the biggest draw to me. I will admit to looking forward to seeing Pete Sell lose again but that pretty much goes for the entire Serra camp, I want them to fail, fail and then fail some more.
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