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With all the quick knockouts and ‘holy shit!’-style finishes at UFC 95 in London, selecting one for Knockout of the Night couldn’t have been easy.  

Evan Dunham and Dan Hardy both put their opponents away with a certain emphasis on unconsciousness, but it was Brazilian newcomer Paulo Thiago who earned the $40,000 bonus for his knockout of Josh Koscheck.  It might have helped that the uppercut which floored Koscheck came immediately after Joe Rogan criticized Thiago’s woefully inept striking skills.  It’s all in the timing.

Submission of the Night, also known as the Demian Maia Award, predictably went once again to Demian Maia, who made short work of Chael Sonnen using a a triangle choke he set up from the mount.  

And you guessed it, Fight of the Night went to the main event pairing of Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson.  It may not have been the most thrilling war we’ve ever seen, but it was longer than most of the matches at UFC 95, even if we learned everything we needed to know about how it was going to turn out in the first round.  Hopefully Nate Marquardt and Wilson Gouveia got a little something extra for their efforts too.

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Mike Litoris- February 23, 2009 at 7:33 am
Demian Maia continues to impress...I thought (not beforehand, but after watching the first minute of the fight) that Sonnen might actually have his way with him.
And "Your Dumb!", do you mean to say "You're Dumb!"? Or is that just a joke about how stupid you are?

"Your stupid!"
-"My stupid what? My stupid cat? My stupid t-shirt? What?"
Chris S- February 23, 2009 at 1:14 am
And combo of the night goes to Marquardt! He obviously plays too much Tekken. That last kick-kick-punch-spinnybackfisty-thing was a joy to behold.
jiujitson- February 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Fight Of The Night went to Joe "Froto Baggins" Stevenson and Diego "Harry Potter" Sanchez........Wow I know Zuffa has to hype up the free events but this was a mockery of the true talent that exists in the UFC such as Damien Maia........the quick KO's made the night not the main event.
Tito's Massive Skull- February 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm
FOTN for Stevenson-Sanchez? That fight was about as exciting as any Machida match.
Anthony- February 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Knee bar was submission of the night for me.
LukeTheDuke- February 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm
KO of the Night: Dan Hardy, it was clearly the most brutal one.
SOTN: Maia (Mikey C. honorable mention)
FOTN: Nate and Wilson.
Anonymous- February 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm
I love when Rogan and Diego were ragging on Joe about not changing his ways and blah blah blah. But almost evey combo that Diego threw was the body uppercut with the occasional kick here and there. Joe was just stupid by not adapting to the same combo.

Pretty boring fight. Nate and Gouveia should have won that award.
CanadianProduce- February 22, 2009 at 11:18 am
Nate and Goveia had FOTN for sure....what a rip the Snatchez vs. Stevo

What the hell is the significance of Snatchez going the distance with Joe Daddy when KenFlo and Penn walked through him? Snacthez was not impressive.
bold- February 22, 2009 at 10:46 am
im not a kos fan and even i thought it was stopped really fast wheres steve mazzi when you need him
none- February 22, 2009 at 10:10 am
marquardt v. maia = the shit
and how the hell is thiagos lucky shit the ko of the night. that combo from marquardt was SICK even if wilson was already gassed
Keyser Soze- February 22, 2009 at 9:53 am
Racking up wins against B-level fighters using only jiu-jitsu, Maia's luck and consciousness will run out very quickly fighting top tiered middleweights. Maia's striking looked a little sloppy to me, and a excellent counterpuncher like Silva would put him in la-la land pretty damn quick.

Before a shot at Silva, Maia should have to face some better competition first.

As for the rest of the fights, Terry Etim looked great in his, much better than in his previous fights. Sanchez vs. Stevenson wasn't bad, wasn't great either. I'm sure as Sanchez adjusts to being a lightweight, he'll improve more than what we saw last night.

Koscheck getting ktfo'd is always a good watch, and I'll reserve judgment on the early stoppage, but will say the referee's aren't there to ensure the fans get to see brutal stoppages or KO's. It's their responsiblility to ensure a clean fight and fighters' safety. It is what it is.

Marquardt did a fine job, and looks to be returning to his old ways. As for a rematch with Silva... it didn't work out so well for Franklin, and doubt it will be any different with Marquardt.

Don't remember the other fights off the top of my head, was into the vodka and OJ last night. Good thing I recorded it on the dvr.
UFC fan- February 22, 2009 at 9:48 am
excellent fight bonus winners....just as I predicted....well all but koscheck getting KOed, I kinda had that one reversed.....close but no cigar.
Course now cupcake is whining like a bitch, him and BJ make great representation of UFC, buncha crybabys.
Criminally Negligent - February 22, 2009 at 9:20 am
Maia's ground skills are amazing and it's good to see a pure jiu jitsu fighter doing well. That being said, fighting Anderson who has far superior stand up and is no slouch on the ground is bad news for him.
Pingu- February 22, 2009 at 9:08 am
Alongside Lyoto Machida getting the only KO on a card, Demian Maia winning a fight by anything other than submission would be a total freak occurrence, right? These are signs of the apocalypse, aren't they? Old man Shamrock vs Tank is of course the third.
Your Dumb!!!- February 22, 2009 at 8:59 am
Demain Maia's triangle was so amazing. He just set that up so well from that crazy take down he busted that dropped Sonnen on his head, and he immediately set up his leg over Sonnen's shoulder. Maia looked like he gave Sonnen a choice, tap by triangle or armbar.... Sonnen opted for a triangle.
Ricky- February 22, 2009 at 8:54 am
Fight of the night for that pile of shit?

They landed more high fives and smiles then punches.
SiDeBuRnZ- February 22, 2009 at 8:42 am
someone should make a highlight video of every single knockout at UFC 95... I bet it'd be 2 minutes of pure awesome...