After the 3rdRound horn sounded to end UFC 95‘s main event featuring Joe Stevenson and Diego Sanchez, Stevenson circled the Octagon with his arms raised, convinced that he had won. All of the fans inside of the O2 Arena in London, England and the millions watching at home were wondering if Stevenson had lost his mind, because to everyone not named Joe Stevenson, there was no doubt that he lost the match.
“That’s fighting,” Stevenson surprisingly said after the fight. “If the judges tell you, ‘you lost,’ you lost. I’m upset at myself. I shouldn’t have let it go to the judges, should have tried to finish the fight, but c’est la vie.”
As we have seen from previous fights, you should never let a fight get into the judges’ hands. You never know how they will be scoring the fight that particular day.
However, losing a unanimous decision where the judges’ scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 is almost as convincing of a loss as you can get.
Stevenson seemed more blindsided by the verdict than he was by Sanchez’ superior abilities. A more diversified and dynamic stand-up game left Stevenson dazed and confused.
“I didn’t expect him to backpedal as much,” said Stevenson. “I thought he was going to stand in the middle a little bit more, be a little bit more aggressive.”
Even if Stevenson took the initiative and was the aggressor, the result wouldn’t have been different. Sanchez proved to be the better all-around striker. It’s just too bad Stevenson isn’t able to see it.