While UFC 95 is scheduled to air as a free show on Spike TV this coming Saturday, the UFC and its basic cable network broadcast partner are giving the event the full pay-per-view treatment with a countdown show that premieres on Spike tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
UFC 95 will emanate from the O2 Arena in London, England and will air in the U.S. on a tape-delay basis starting at 9 p.m. ET. The event will feature season one middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Diego Sanchez taking on season two welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Joe Stevenson.
For Sanchez, the fight will mark his debut as a lightweight. During a conference call last week he revealed that the cut to 155 pounds has been tough for him and that the move down in weight will not be permanent. However, he expressed that he has his sights set on fights with Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, and eventually current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
He’ll be taking on Stevenson, who is looking to bounce back after consecutive losses to Sherk and Florian. A win over Sanchez puts the young veteran in a position to begin his climb back to the top of the lightweight ladded.
The complete lineup for UFC 95 is as follows:
Main Card Bouts (Spike TV telecast) –
- Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson
- Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago
- Nathan Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
- Chael Sonnen vs. Demian Maia
- Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham
Non-televised Preliminary Bouts –
- Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve
- Evan Dunham vs. Per Eklund
- Brian Cobb vs. Terry Etim
- Neil Grove vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
- Paul Kelly vs. Troy Mandaloniz