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Diego Sanchez Eyeing Yet Another Weight Change, Wants to Face Anthony Pettis at Lightweight


(Look at it this way, it’s not like it could end any worse than the first time around.) 

Diego Sanchez has kind of become the Oprah of MMA. One minute he’s fat, the next he’s skinny, and in the moments between, he’s using a combination of over-the-top enthusiasm and divine right to help amass a cult following that consists of anyone within shouting distance. Perhaps it is ironic that the only fighter in UFC history to jump between more weight classes than Sanchez is the man he managed to beat for the TUF 1 middleweight plaque, Kenny Florian.

In either case, it looks like Diego’s most recent trip up to welterweight, which saw him go 2-2 (or 1-3 depending on how you viewed the Kampmann fight) will not be where the UFC’s go-to YES!! man will call home for long. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, Sanchez stated that he is considering dropping back down to lightweight, because, you know, B.J. Penn is gone now. Fine, he didn’t state that directly, but we can read between the lines. Anyway, after undergoing surgery to fix a nagging shoulder injury, Sanchez feels 155 might become his new stomping grounds…again:

I really try to lift weights, but the shoulder injury sort of set me back. As I heal up, my body’s going to get a little smaller, so I might just go down to 155.

The last time I was at 155, I was just a wreck. Mentally, I was still young and partying a lot, and I was still smoking weed. I was just a wild child. Now that I’m grounded and have my life together and am married, I’m just focused. So maybe 155 might be a better weight for me.

Our question to Diego is: Why stop there? The flyweight division could sure use another contender that gives us the willies.

There’s little denying that Diego has looked a little thick around the waist ever since returning to welterweight, so maybe 155 is the best place for him. And according to Sanchez, UFC President Dana White has no problem with his continuously fluctuating weight:

 Like Dana White said, maybe I can jump from either weight class as long as I do it professionally. And I will. If I have to go down to 155, it’s only going to make me more strict with health and nutrition and diet. That’s my hardest part (of training). But at 155, there’s no messing around. You’ve got to do it right.

And when the question of a return opponent came up, Sanchez had a couple opponents in mind, starting with Anthony Pettis, who will be coming off the exact same surgery as Sanchez:

I want to fight a guy who’s a fan favorite and who has a lot of fans and is a big draw. It’d make us both better, the sport better. Plus, the guy has a win over the champ, so that’d bump me up right to the top (of the division).

We’ll be recovering about the same time. I think he got the same surgery as me, so it’d be an event playing field. I told Dana I really liked that fight.

Considering that five of Sanchez’s last seven fights have earned Fight of the Night honors, “The Dream” felt that, if Pettis was not available, Nate Diaz would be just as good an option, because the word “boring” does not exist in the Diaz’s vocabulary. Neither does the word “vocabulary,” but you get what we’re saying:

Them Diaz brothers are just scrappers. It’d be a ‘Fight of the Night.’ You’re going to get the ground game, standup. You’re going to get it all. You’re going to get a real fight with a Diaz.

Though this is undoubtedly true, we’re going to have to ask Diego to pump the brakes a little bit. Like we said, he’s gone 2-2 in his last four, and hasn’t fought at lightweight since getting steamrolled by Penn at UFC 107.

To be fair, he lost to whom he considers “the best B.J. Penn ever,” which is pretty dead on in our opinion, but considering he’s also coming off a loss to Jake Ellenberger at the inaugural UFC on FUEL event, do you think he’s really in the position to start calling out top contenders like Diaz and Pettis? I guess we can all have dreams.

-J. Jones

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pogodog7- April 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Diego definitely needs to get rid of the spare tire around his waist and his man breasts.
Stak40- April 5, 2012 at 10:51 am
I have been a fan of Sanchez since TUF. After he killed Kenny in the Finale he was beating people pretty convincingly in bloody wars. He has always had a problem finishing people but rarely there was any question he won the fight. Lately Sanchez is exciting in a Leonard Garcia type of way and really his last couple of wins I had him losing. I think his best chances of being successful is at lightweight but i don't think he is a legit contender in any weight class at this point.
Double OG- April 5, 2012 at 10:28 am
Diego is a great fighter and has the heart to be in this sport. I have no doubt he will continue to fight well into this 40's. He's not a quitter and takes his lumps with the best of them. I don't mind seeing him fight and prefer to watch him over a lot of other guys. At least he brings it, win or lose.
The12ozCurls- April 5, 2012 at 10:15 am
Damn, all you guys have intelligent well thought-out posts on this thread. I am just waiting for those 2 assholes to send us bogus links to buy some "inexpensive" designer sunglasses. As far as Diego goes, (like HandsofGold) I will watch any fight he is in. He comes to bang, has a ton of guts and is truly entertaining.
And he always leaves the octogan looking like a cross between
A: he is reacting to a bad peanut allergy
B: he got into a brawl with a wood chipper
HandsofGold- April 5, 2012 at 9:34 am
@Fletch I agree, Diego can bounce around all he wants the guy has earned the right to do whatever he wants and I don't care who he fights I would watch it.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 5, 2012 at 11:37 am
Hands of Gold - Where can I find a video of one of your fights?
The_Dead_Cow- April 5, 2012 at 9:31 am
Guillard, Siever, Lauson, Cerrone, and Guida all sound like more realistic matchups. Sayin he's not smokin anymore and then calls out the top 2 contenders in the division, yeah riiiiight. Good choice to go back to lightweight tho.
DangadaDang- April 5, 2012 at 9:37 am
I really like the Cerrone matchup. Nice choice.
The12ozCurls- April 5, 2012 at 10:21 am
Yep - book Cerrone vs. Diego but put it on a FOX card so the ignorant/misinformed people get to see some toe 2 toe MMA fireworks.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 5, 2012 at 11:32 am
Good scrap right there.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 5, 2012 at 9:10 am
Either Nate or Anthony would be good fights. Diego may not me a champion but he always puts on energetic fights. Always entertaining win or lose. I find it hilarious he keeps bringing up pot. Pot is a fucking PLANT. It is not a drug. The only reason it is illegal is 100% based on money and politics. Different argument, I just get tired of hearing IDIOTS talk about pot like it is something that it's not.
Fried Taco- April 5, 2012 at 8:41 am
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The12ozCurls- April 5, 2012 at 10:10 am
I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend. lol
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