Four fighters earned $40,000 bonuses UFC 95 ended as it began explosive and exciting.
Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson earned bonuses as they were awarded fight of the night honors. These two lightweights kept going right at each other commencing a great fight with a final flurry as the fight ended. Sanchez won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 29-28).
The knockout of the night could have gone to a host of fighters including hometown hero Dan Hardy as he knocked out Rory Markham in just 1:09. Nathan Marquardt capped an exciting middleweight battle with Wilson Gouveia at 3:10 into the third round with a flying knee-head kick combination for the knockout. Junior dos Santos captured his second first round knockout in as many tries in the UFC as he defeated Stefan Struve 54 seconds into the first round.
Terry Etim utilized a head kick followed up with strikes as he knocked out Brian Cobb just 10 seconds into round 2. If that wasn’t enough the man who won knockout of the night honors went into his fight as a heavy underdog. Paulo Thiago 10-0 in a career that never saw him fight outside his native Brazil shook off some serious punishment from Josh Koscheck and caught the stand-out wrestler with an uppercut left hook combination for the knock out at 3:29 of round 1.
In a battle that may have determined the number 1 contender for the middleweight championship. Demian Maia ran his record to 5-0 in the UFC and 10-0 overall with a slick triangle choke submission over the returning Chael Sonnen. The two battled back and forth for the first half of round one until Maia was able to take Sonnen down and lock in the choke at 2:37 of round 1. Maia earned his fourth submission of the night bonus in just five tries.