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Diego Sanchez Back Training with Greg Jackson

(Greg Jackson is once again in control of Diego’s leash.)

Either hell has frozen over or Diego Sanchez has finally realized that all of the stevia and "yes" cartwheels in the world aren’t going to replace top-tier trainers and training partners.

"The Nightmare" has apparently rejoined his  teammates at  Jackson’s MMA after a nearly three year absence from the gym he began training at as a teenager.

Here’s the announcement he tweeted this morning:

Sanchez left his longtime mentor Greg Jackson in 2007 after the Albuquerque, NM trainer welcomed UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to his team without discussing the move with Diego, who at the time was a solid contender to the French-Canadian’s belt. After a two-year stint in California where he trained with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, the 28-year-old returned back home to Albuquerque, where he trained for his UFC 114 fight with John Hathaway at the relatively unknown Albuquerque Kickboxing and MMA gym.

Following a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Hathaway — his second straight loss including his gutsy fifth round TKO he dropped to BJ Penn at UFC 107 in December, Sanchez talked about making some improvements to his training to ensure he wouldn’t drop three fights in a row.

Now it appears he has done just that and has buried the hatchet with Jackson for the sake of his career and will complete his first training camp where he did his first one eight years ago.

Check out the first glimpse of "The Nightmare" back at his old Jackson’s MMA stomping grounds where he is preparing for his UFC 121 bout with Paulo Thiago:

(Video courtesy jacksonsmmamedia)

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macreadysshack- August 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm
Diego Sanchez has a captain kirk body.
Nealio- August 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm
That looks like a hidden camera snapped a pic of Diego choking himself as he rubs one out after hours in the empty Jackson's gym.

topdog- August 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Point well taken.
topdog- August 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Who cares....Diego was good when he first started in the UFC. He will always be a gate keeper. We all know those dont last that long-Kieth Jardine? Make it official Diego will drop his next fight and DW will give him his walking papers. Prediction!
Gilafresh- August 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm
To all the Diego haters: Did you ever get the chance to say ''YES! YES! YES!'' while hitting Ali Sonoma from behind???
Morningwood- August 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Jackson hangs his fighters like this until they agree to lay and pray for a decision win. And get sloppy at any jiu jitsu they may have learned somewhere else.

Jackson: "do you agree to become a boring fighter and go for decisions?"
Diego: "NO!"
Jackson: "hang em!"
Diego:" I agree, I agree!!"
deportillegals2010- August 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm
this is how David Carradine died !
RearNakedPoke- August 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm
the pic of Diego looks like he is trying to "David Carradine" himself in some kinky rage there...jus sayin
RwilsonR- August 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm
@ Viva

I think Ali Sonoma sells them on ebay. She has a whole shoebox full of poloroids, mostly of Diego in S&M gear, but also a couple simulated nudes from her photography camp.
Viva Hate- August 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Wow, where did you guys dig up a bondage picture of Diego? He still hasn’t outdone De La Hoya for kinkiness but maybe if he pulls a dirty Sanchez, HA!
Almost North- August 10, 2010 at 11:59 am
Cecil Peoples gets a boner every time someone joins the Jackson camp. Now he gets to be important and decided another fight badly.
omunto- August 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
I love the "crazy legs dance" at the :30 mark...
nicey- August 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
Diego is a complete package - a Douche, a Tool, and a Fuckstick. The guy obviously has some serious skill, near the elite level. Not quite elite, and not sure he'll ever get there, but very close. Unfortunately he'll never be able to trump his Douche factor with his skill. Ever. EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
nickyroose- August 10, 2010 at 11:45 am
I guess we'll be seeing "the old Sanchez".
Almost North- August 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
Bitchin now he can go from losing unanimous decisions to winning them. Such is the power of a Jackson game plan.
Mechanicjitsu- August 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
God I do not like Diego. Yes, he is world class but Jesus H. Christ man, what a douche. The mixture of Zen like concentration with the school lunch-room bully shit he pulled at the weigh ins with Koshcheck makes absolutely no sense and is conflicting ideologies, not complexity. I mean shit bro, you look like a douche compared to other people (like Koshcheck, who I actually kinda like) who are pretty much regarded as douches. He deserves to be in the UFC, but his erratic weight class jumps and his douchieness (its not eccentric, its douchey) will keep him from the belt. Oh, and Paulo Thiago is gonna leave Diego with (cue Mexican guy from Training Day) "his shit PUUUUUSHED in!"
MediumRare- August 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
Glad to hear his heart is warm.

Mine is warm too since Greg Inglis will be playing for the Brisbane Broncos next year. Makes me want to do Yes Cartwheels.

Anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, give yourself an uppercut.
BONGTAR- August 10, 2010 at 11:37 am
i mean..........YES!!!
El Guapo- August 10, 2010 at 11:36 am
As if I needed another reason not to try stevia..

I him well. He's a lil loopy, that Diego, but I always liked him as a fighter.
dude- August 10, 2010 at 11:33 am
I'm a fan of Diego Sanchez but he hasn't been the same since leaving Jackson. Glad to hear he's back and can't wait to see him regain his old form. YES!!!