UFC 95: Sanchez Vs. Stevenson Buildup

Travis AtkinsonContributor IFebruary 4, 2009

UFC 95 Diego Sanchez vs Joe Stevenson

Diego Sanchez won season one of the Ultimate Fighter with relative ease. After that he won five straight fights including wins over Karo Parisyan, Joe Riggs, and Nick Diaz.

In 2007, his luck ran out when he dropped decisions to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, but rebounded in 2008 with back-to-back TKO wins. He now looks to make his lightweight debut on Feb. 21. Diego trains with American Top Team. He has a background in wrestling and submission fighting.

Joe Stevenson, like Diego, is also a winner of The Ultimate Fighter. He holds a record of 6-3 inside the octagon recently losing to Kenny Florian at UFC 91 in November.

Stevenson is a very strong fighter with a powerful guillotine. He looks to get back into title contention with a win, but a loss would be his third in four fights and would be devastating for his career.

Diego Sanchez is going to come into this fight and be considerably bigger than Stevenson. He should be able to do what he wants. Diego wins TKO in the second.

Nate Marquardt vs Wilson Gouveia

Nate Marquardt trains with Team Jackson. He is a very well rounded fighter with excellent power. He is coming off of a first round knockout over Martin Kampmann. Wilson is 5-2 in the UFC. He is coming off back-to-back wins over Jason MacDonald and Jason Lambert.

Marquardt is among the divisions best. Wilson's cardio is in no way up to par with Nate's. Nate wins by whatever he wants in the first round.