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Diego Sanchez Discusses Weight Cut, Disses B.J. Penn


(Diego Sanchez experiences a moment of Zen.)

Diego Sanchez swears making lightweight to fight Joe Stevenson at UFC 95 won’t be a problem for him, although it sounds like it won’t be terribly easy either.  Sanchez was late to today’s media conference call and explained it by saying he was trying to cut a few extra pounds in the sauna.  The former welterweight said he weighed 193 pounds on Christmas Eve, and is now struggling to get those lost few pounds off in order to make 155 next Saturday.

“I don’t see myself staying at lightweight forever,” Sanchez explained, saying he wanted to challenge himself and thought he’d better hurry up and do it while he was still in his twenties and could lose weight fairly easily.

“I never really cut much weight for 170.  Fighting guys like Jon Fitch, who put on seventeen, eighteen pounds after the weigh-in, I was a little outsized.”

At lightweight, Sanchez said he hopes to eventually face B.J. Penn.  Then he proceeded to bash “The Prodigy” for showing up to face Georges St. Pierre without getting himself in good enough shape.



“It’s a bad idea for [B.J.] to fight anybody right now,” Sanchez said, in response to question about who he favored between Penn and Kenny Florian.  Sanchez said that Penn had "no cardio," and couldn’t believe he went into the biggest fight of his life and got tired after the first round.

This remark accounted for some of the strongest words on the call.  To say Sanchez and Stevenson don’t have a rivalry doesn’t quite do the situation justice.  When they weren’t praising one another’s skill and professionalism, they were deferring politely to one another.

If you need bad blood in your main events, you’re going to be disappointed.  But if you just want to see two experienced, aggressive guys go at it, you won’t.  

That said, nobody sounds terribly excited about making the trip to London to fight.  Stevenson explained the futility of trying to combat jet lag by altering your sleep schedule, while Sanchez put his complaints more succinctly: “The food I hear is crappy in London.”

Who knows, maybe it will help with the weight cut.

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Quasicholo- February 13, 2009 at 6:06 am
what is diego going to do now that greg jackson isn't lubing him up anymore?
Quasicholo- February 13, 2009 at 6:03 am
sanchez is not the superstar he thinks he is. neither is joe stevenson. WAR Penn!
Anonymous- February 13, 2009 at 3:12 am
Where is everybody? - February 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm
talk about the fights.
Kintama Chikara- February 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm
I am god of fuck!
War Machine's Dad- February 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Only my son can say fUCK AN(A) GOD!!!!!
Tyler- February 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm
Fuck a Diego and his family.
Tyler- February 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm
It wouldn't bother me at all if not only I never see Diego fight again but also if I never hear about him again.
Kirky- February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm
You know what, im fucking juiced for this fight, Sanchez is a sick, exciting fighter who I'd love (and also expect) to see overcome Joe, Joe's an ace fighter, I'm sure others will disagree, but I seriously dont think his jistu is on blackbelt level(but i'd love to be proved wrong.) furthermore I reckon Joe has passed his elite level comp, I agree with diego. 1 more loss for either fighter and they'll both be in shit situations


lets have it!

roll on ufc 95, i'll be there, bought my ticket long before anyone had any idea of the matchup. I half expected chuck vs anderson!

overall, lets make the best out of, not so much of a bad situation, but a semi decent card, we've been bumped on every single UK UFC, I'm hitting a 5 hour train mission from Scotland and I'll do the same on every single UFC event, Lets see a fucking event in Glasgow, and if you thought ireland was a crazy crowd, you've got nothing
simtom- February 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm
fu man! london is the best! everywhere outside london in UK is so boring!
Stephan Boner- February 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm
Where did that dent come from on the back of my head?
Anonymous- February 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm
diego is the man he would kick gsp's ass gsp is a punk and a shitty champ he is acting just like matt fucking hughes he is thinking he cant be beat and talking down to people well fuck him Diego will take care of joe steve and then go beat the fuck out of gsp
Scrumdiddlyumptuous- February 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm
the food in London is as good as anywhere in the world now. St. John's is legendary, Petrus was great, and may remain so. The Fat Duck? Fantastic. Plus there is tons of great ethnic food to be had.
Flyin Hawaiian- February 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm
I don't know why everyone is saying that BJ wasn't in shape for the GSP fight. BJ has stated numerous times that nothing was wrong and he was in the best shape of his life. He even shot down a rumor that said he had the flu and was in the hospital the night before. The bottom line is that GSP was so much better, faster, and stronger than him that it looked like BJ wasn't in shape. Diego better choose his words carefully when he talks about BJ because he is in BJ's weight class now. Who the f*** does Diego think he is, questioning BJ Penn and his camp and how he trains. The last guy Diego beat was a nobody and before that he dropped two straight...............and now he wants to tell BJ Penn how to train. I hope Joe Silva makes this happen so that BJ can beat the shit out of him.
curk- February 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm
good for sanchez for calling out bj on what shitty shape he was in. bj thinks he's so great that nobody should ever question him. fuck bj.
Your Fucking Father- February 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm
TUF GUY is a fag and everyone knows it. If he came to my gym he would get his bitch ass subbed quickly, he is a punk and he knows it. The only chance he has is to bring one of those fat girls from his Myspace with him, then I could see myself getting subbed by the hotness.
a-rod- February 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm
can't wait to see the nightmare kick the shit outta joe daddy. I like them both but diego has a cooler nickname and dan quinn is the new greg jackson.

shit on TUF Guy- February 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm
From Sanchez's face expression, it looks like he took TUF Guy's offer and went to Xtreme Couture for a free BJ.
Your Fucking Father- February 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm
@MMA-PRO

Fuck a correct grammer
TUF Guy- February 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm
that is an excellent analogy.
War Machine's Dad- February 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Hey!

What a coincidence!

My son likes to hangout at all the "Non-Gay" nightclubs in Blimey ole' London!

Yeah, he's a fucking dickless Wanker like most guys From London too...
Zanzibarz- February 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Fuck a BJ

Im all about hanjobs
armfarmer- February 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm
I think it goes something like this... Penn > Diego > Stevenson

armfarmer- February 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm
i see how you did that..
mma-pro- February 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Fuck a london is correct. you use "an" when the next word starts with a vowel. Fuck an amnsterdamn. see how i did that.
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