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Major Upset

Feb 25, 2009
Another high-profile top-10 fighter knocking on the door of a title shot. Another unknown Brazilian spoils the show.

Paulo Thiago followed in the footsteps of Junior dos Santos, spoiling Josh Koscheck's Feb. 21 tune-up bout by tuning up the former NCAA wrestling champ with the first major upset of 2009.

However, Thiago's performance at UFC 95 may not be the most impressive by a Brazilian.

Thiago's countryman Demian Maia continued his submission streak in the Octagon, notching another "Submission of the Night" bonus over Chael Sonnen in less than three minutes. The latest sensational submission for the BJJ king inches him closer to a shot at the sport's pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva.

The road to the UFC middleweight crown may run through Nate Marquardt, though, who came away from UFC 95 with a sterling win of his own. The former UFC title challenger turned in a third-round stoppage of an always-tough Wilson Gouveia to make his own case for another crack at the middleweight mantle.
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