(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.