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Posted on: February 24, 2009 8:05 pm

UFC 95 ratings on Spike TV peak with 3 million

UFC 95 ratings on Spike TV peak with 3 million viewers

By: MMAmania

ufc on spike

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) captured more fantastic ratings for its latest Spike TV special, delivering “more young men aged 18-34 (634,000) and 18-49 (1,244,000) than anything else on television” on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

In fact, UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” from The O2 Arena in London, England, averaged more than 2 million viewers and peaked with 3 million during the main event. It was good enough for the tape-delayed broadcast to outshine the NCAA collegiate basketball match up between Oklahoma and Texas on ESPN.

Not too shabby.

UFC 95 featured a 10-fight card that was headlined by The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) inaugural season winner Diego Sanchez against the man who took the crown the series after, Joe Stevenson. Two important middleweight weight match ups were also showcased — Nate Marquardt toppled Wilson Gouveia and Demian Maia outclassed Chael Sonnen.

All in all it was a great night of fights — a record nine of which made the three-hour broadcast.



Posted on: February 21, 2009 11:05 am
Edited on: February 21, 2009 2:13 pm

pre fight interview with Diego Sanchez

Like never before: A conversation with UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez

<small class="metadata"> By: Penny Buffington </small>


UFC 95 “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” is set to go down tonight starting at 9 pm ET from the O2 Arena in London, England. Headlining the event opposite Joe Stevenson will be Diego Sanchez, a former welterweight contender making his much-anticipated debut at 155 lbs.

The inaugural Ultimate Fighter (TUF) middleweight champion had resisted the move in recent past, especially since he was knocking on the door of a potential 170-pound title shot with a win over Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” back in October.

Sanchez had to withdraw from the bout, however, because of a rib injury. Alves went on to strafe last minute replacement and top player in the division, Josh Koscheck, to score a convincing unanimous decision win.

While the injury was legitimate, it didn’t stop the critics from making accusations about his desire to fight the dreaded “Pitbull.” Some even accused him of “running” to the lightweight division to avoid him.

Sanchez was unfazed.

“People are entitled to an opinion. It is what it is. You get hurt, you get hurt. I just trust God’s plan!”

His new career at 155-pounds starts against one of the top contenders in the weight class. Joe Stevenson, TUF 2 welterweight winner and newly-minted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, poses a very serious threat to Diego’s plans to move quickly through the lightweight ranks.

And Sanchez isn’t taking it lightly.

“It’s a good opponent and I’m very prepared. Being the main event at a UFC is a dream come true. I’m ready for the time change, it’s all about being able to flip the switch to ‘on’. I can do that very easy after learning peak mind state training at Tony Robbins. My game plan is to just outclass him in all aspects and to stay out of his guillotine. I’m prepared for that move.”

When Diego posted to his MySpace blog last December that he was dropping to lightweight, it wasn’t long before he was called out by former 155-pound title holder Sean Sherk. A win over Stevenson and Sanchez feels a bout with Sherk is inevitable.

“It will happen. He is the top fighter at 155 in my opinion. He just was dumb to try and strike with BJ (Penn at UFC 84). He should have pushed the pace with scrambles and a lot of takedowns. But I guess he was not confident in his ground game.”

As if facing “The Muscle Shark” wasn’t bold enough, “Nightmare” can even see himself eventually taking on perhaps the best lightweight in the world in BJ “The Prodigy” Penn.

“(Dropping weight will be a) good opportunity to better my stock as a fighter. Yes, I beat (Kenny) Florian easy and think as long as I show I can make the weight and dominate Joe, I can argue … I know the fans want me and BJ. It makes no difference in the outcome. BJ gets tired easy. It’s pathetic to think I really believed he had focused and trained hard (for UFC 94). I hope we get to fight. It’s a dream fight for me.”

Despite his optimism, not everyone was convinced that Sanchez would be able to drop the weight in time for his fight at UFC 95 - especially since he was as high as 195 lbs. just two months out.

It didn’t matter. Aside from his commitment to his new division, Sanchez had the power of herbal sweetener Stevia on his side.

“Stevia is amazing, good for cutting weight. It’s like a healthy lemon aid. Sweet! Also it gives good energy. I’m faster, stronger, more dedicated, and very focused - like never before. It’s all or nothing from here on out, I promise.”

In the end, Sanchez can’t credit Stevia, dedication or anything else for his overall success in the UFC. That good fortune came from none other than the man upstairs, the notorious G.O.D.

“All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me! The victory is not mine, it is his. Without him I am nothing. With him I am everything. I love Jesus so much! Thanks (also) to the Maloof family, Sacramento Kings, Bad Boy MMA and all my supporters.”

It all goes down a little later tonight. Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the tape-delayed main card action starting tonight at 9pm ET.

Posted on: December 21, 2008 10:27 am
Edited on: December 21, 2008 10:33 am

Official -Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Daddy Stevenson

From Diego Sanchez Myspace page Blog Post:

 Sunday, December 21, 2008

UFC 95: Feb 21 in London

Hey guys

I'm fighting at 155 vs Joe Stevenson in London. Thanks for all of your support!!! Sorry If I don't get a chance to reply to messages! I appreciate the support and the prayers. You will get to see the nightmare soon enough


Posted on: December 19, 2008 10:20 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 10:22 am

Diego Sanchez vs Joe Stevenson likely UFC 95

Diego Sanchez vs Joe Stevenson likely to serve as UFC 95 main event

By: MMAmania

Diego Sanchez (19-2) will make his highly anticipated lightweight debut against Joe Stevenson (29-9) at UFC 95, which is scheduled to take place from The O2 Arena in London, England, on February 21.

With UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva informing the promotion that he will not be ready to compete on that date, the 155-pound showdown will likely serve as the main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast.

Sanchez was knocking on the door of a potential 170-pound title shot with a win over Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” back in October before making the surprise move to lightweight.

It wasn’t the first time, either.

Before back-to-back losses to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in 2007 — the only two blemishes on his professional mixed martial arts record — the inaugural The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) middleweight champion was on the cusp of a title shot.

Naturally, it never came.

“Nightmare” rebounded with impressive consecutive wins and had “The Pitbull” on his radar before a rib injury forced him off the card at the last minute. It also more than likely spelled the end of his career — at least for the time being — in the 170-pound category.

It’s not going to get any easier for Sanchez 15 pounds lighter. And his new career at 155 starts against one of the top contenders in the weight class.

Stevenson — who was the TUF 2 welterweight winner — is in a rare slump, losing two of his last three bouts. However, those two losses have come to current division champion, BJ Penn, in a fight for the vacant title and Kenny Florian to determine the next championship contender.

That’s some stiff competion.

The newly-minted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt will begin his climb back to the top at UFC 95. And a win over a big name and top talent like Sanchez in the featured fight of the night will go a long way toward getting him where he wants to be sooner rather than later.

In fact, the same goes for both fighters.
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