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Diego Sanchez Expecting to Get in the Face of His Next Opponent at UFC 101

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Much of Quinton Jackson‘s distaste for Rashad Evans stems from UFC 96, when Rashad entered the cage directly following Rampage’s win over Keith Jardine and started jawing at him. The resulting exchange solidified them as mortal enemies whose mutual hatred is the basis for the next season of TUF — and it seems the UFC wants to replicate that drama in their lightweight division. Here’s Diego Sanchez talking about the immediate title shot he was recently promised by the UFC:

"This comes from Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana [White]. They’re flying me out to Philadelphia. I’ll be sitting there ringside. I’ll probably be in the ring afterward. It’s on."

Oh God, not this shit again. While we’re discussing WWE-style antics, we might as well add the "post-fight confrontation" bit to the list of things that probably shouldn’t have a place in MMA competition. At the very least, you’re placing unnecessary stress on the winner (meaning, the guy who’s actually supposed to be in the cage at that moment), who’s riding the thrill of victory, and usually exhausted, and now has to compose himself enough to mean-mug his next opponent. And sometimes, this happens.

If BJ Penn beats Kenny Florian on August 8th, the potential post-fight face-off with Sanchez could be very reserved, if it goes down at all. The two have no personal history, and nothing to really get mad at each other about. If Florian wins, it’s a different story. Sanchez wrecked Florian to become the middleweight winner of TUF 1, and Florian has been itching to show the world that he’s a much different fighter than he was four years ago. Sanchez, on the other hand, doesn’t agree with that assessment:

"I know Kenny Florian. I know how to beat him, and I’ll beat him again the way I beat him before. I’m going to be patient. I’m going to wait. I know he’s a counter-striker. I know he’s going to run around the ring. He was the same fighter then, too. If you watch my fight, he tried to run around the ring and he didn’t want to engage. I put my hands down and chin up and said, ‘Come on, let’s fight.’ Eventually, I rushed him, took him down, and it’s going to be more of the same thing. He can work his wrestling all he wants, but I’m going to work mine more. He can work his ground skills all he wants, but I’m going to work mine more."

I have a feeling that if these two go nose-to-nose in the cage after UFC 101, it won’t be an "agree to disagree" kind of situation. We can expect major heat — manufactured and cheesy as it may be. And who knows, maybe it’ll be enough to score them coaching spots on TUF 11


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Chri534.- July 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm
I think even if Florian wins and then Diego comes into the ring and gets into his face, Kenny will display the intelligence and composure that he's always shown. He will do something like smile, shake his hand, and essentially say, "Good luck to you then".
UFC fan- July 15, 2009 at 6:51 am
And all you do is talk to me so that makes you a fag from "cali".
Blah blah blah , 831 blah blah.
831 Son- July 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm
Cry more UFC fan. All you do is talk. Fucking weakling.
Sjsurf- July 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Ill be there to witness this go down and I cant fucking wait.
UFC fan- July 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm
whatever LBO is smoking I want a hit cause you are one stoned babbling crazy dude right now. Don't bogart you bastard.
LBo- July 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm
UFC fan Says:
Tue, 07/14/2009 - 15:44

I would like to see him Fight penn as well, but he won't get a chance to fight penn cause kenny is gonna take that idiots belt. I got faith in Kenny.
I predict Blowjob Penn will retire or just quit like the pussy that he is.
And maybe 831 son will commit suicide over me cause he can't do anything else about me.

Wow-- I totally did not realize that BJ is sometimes used as an abbreviation for blowjob. Among people over forty. Who have children. Which makes me embarrassed for you. And for them.
Maitreyan disciple- July 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm
Lol cuntalope, you have a good point, leave the classy promotion and matchmaking to someone else, cuz its not in the UFC's best interest to do so. Thats cool they bring good fights and a little drama manufactured or not sells the product.
Cuntalope- July 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm
UFC can't win with you guys, you'll always find something to complain about. If they don't hype the fight than you morons and most people probably won't by it, than there's no precious mixed martial arts for you fat basement dwellers to offer your "expert" analysis on and complain how the UFC is turning into the WWE.
Cuntalope- July 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm
Haha some of you fags obviously haven't been watching this shit for a long time if you think this is something new. It happens all the time, the person who's fighting for the title next gets into the ring after the champion just won to hype the fight, though most of the time it's pretty friendly. Like when Alves came in after GSP beat BJ. It's just to let people know what's next.

Love all you scared fags who think this is something new and that UFC is turnng into WWE. Shows how much you know. Ridiculous. You fucking love the hype, you eat it up everytime like idiots. You'll be buying the PPV so shut tthe fuck up about it. Bitches better recognise.

Real talk.
UFC fan- July 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm
I would like to see him Fight penn as well, but he won't get a chance to fight penn cause kenny is gonna take that idiots belt. I got faith in Kenny.
I predict Blowjob Penn will retire or just quit like the pussy that he is.
And maybe 831 son will commit suicide over me cause he can't do anything else about me.
Savage- July 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm
I wana see Diego get a shot at the belt. id really like to see him fight bj more then id like to see him fight Kenny. either way tho Sanchez's fights are always usually pretty damn exciting
831 Son- July 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm
UFC fan wont ever say that to anyone besides when hes sitting behind his computer. Fucking pussy.
agentsmith- July 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm
I don't know why people (including Rampage) keep saying that Rashad got in his face and started jawing, yeah Rashad walked up to him, but you can clearly see in the video that Rampage started yapping first.
Fedor vs. Bas- July 14, 2009 at 11:27 am
Everytime I see this "inside the cage" confrontation I hate it. Reminds me so much of WWE/WWF. I HATE IT!

Why dont they just challenge each other right then and there, and then Dana White can come out and be like, "Oh no you two don't, we'll solve this like men with a ladder match THIS SUNDAY ON PAY PER VIEW!!!!!!"

Shatski- July 14, 2009 at 11:26 am
UFC Fan... Wow. Bye bye.
UFC fan- July 14, 2009 at 11:15 am
I think it will be diego and Florian again. BUT I think Diego really needs to go back and watch kennys last 7 fights, that dude gets scarier and scarier each time he fights. I believe Kenny will cut penn to pieces and it will be stopped due to blood loss. I like Diego, always have, but seriously hope he doesn't nigger up like rashad did, that pisses me off, I hate that nigger shit they pull, for GOD sake act like you have some class.
UNLike douchebags like Brock......or his fucked up fans.
Sexyamas Orange Coat- July 14, 2009 at 11:14 am
Since when does beating 2 gatekeepers equal a title shot ?

Why hasn't Edgar been given a shot instead considering he beat the former champ and possible HOF member Sean Sherk........

The appeal of a Penn or Florian is intriguing only at the though of Sanchez being Knocked out cold ala Bisping.
lilgary- July 14, 2009 at 11:13 am
No matter what it happens, Diego will always be a douchebag.
philibuster- July 14, 2009 at 11:02 am
Well it seems the UFC is trying more and more to be like the WWE everyday. Hopefully we'll get some ZST type tag team matches out of it though.
Meohfumado- July 14, 2009 at 10:48 am
Agree with Dojima...could do without the WWE antics of bringing in another guy to challenge a guy who just won.

Let the winner enjoy his time in the spotlight before shoving his next opponent in front of him.

Manufactured drama is BS....
Horror Fighter- July 14, 2009 at 10:48 am
Post-fight confrontations always seem a little forced to me. Even when they got heated at PRIDE events, they still struck me as false. In the UFC, they are even worse. I never want to experience another "I am not impressed by your performance" moment. Seriously, whenever I hear that in the UFC Unleashed 2009 game, I cringe. I mute the television to spare myself the embarrassment.

If they do sit Diego ringside, I hope he's right behind Mike and Joe -- so I can hear someone scream "Yes!" throughout the PPV.
Biffmiester- July 14, 2009 at 10:44 am
lol @ the Tony Robbins motivation psyche-out... what a joke.
Perdew- July 14, 2009 at 10:41 am
this is stupid. i really hope they don't do this. CP needs to start a petition to show our dislike for this kind of behavior.

i also think sanchez getting a shot is BS. it needs to go to maynard if he beats huerta, which he will.
PHELPS- July 14, 2009 at 10:37 am
HA Diego walks into the cage and fist pumps and screams YES at the winner's face.
Dubbayoo- July 14, 2009 at 10:34 am
I hope Diego does his 'yes' thing. I like optimism.