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Diego Sanchez Promises to Return to Lightweight After UFC 121 Meeting With Paulo Thiago

("BJ Penn‘s not the lightweight champion anymore? You’re *sure*? How sure are you?")

After getting completely handled by John Hathaway in his welterweight return at UFC 114, we were a little surprised to learn Diego Sanchez would be giving 170 another shot against Paulo Thiago, an opponent who’s arguably even more dangerous than Hathaway. Who knows what’s going on in that crazy mind of his from day to day, but we do know that the Nightmare vows to drop back to lightweight after Saturday. As he told

"…just for the record, I do plan on dropping back to 155 after this fight. Me and Greg (Jackson) and the team are just gonna work together and see what (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) can get lined up for me…For now I think [the move is] basically gonna be permanent, but that all depends because I feel like I can fight in both weight classes. There’s 125, 135, 145, 155 — I wish we had a 165 and a 175 (pound division). That would make it a lot easier for me because I could fight 165, but we don’t have that yet and I’ve got to make a decision.

So now it’s 170, after this fight I’m gonna get down to 155 again, try to make a title run, and there will be time later down the road where I can make something happen at 170. For right now, I’ve got my mind set on beating Paulo Thiago, but I am looking to the future and seeing my drop back down to 155."

Coming off of lopsided defeats to BJ Penn and Hathaway, Sanchez needs to keep in mind that a bad loss to Thiago would be three in a row, and there would be no guarantee that the UFC would keep him around long enough to let him re-re-invent himself back at lightweight. Of course, losing three in a row is not necessarily a guarantee that your contract will be shredded — see Keith JardineMac Danzig, and Dan Miller — but if Sanchez gets blown out in a welterweight fight that the UFC didn’t want for him in the first place, he could be in danger. But on the bright side, Bellator could always use another scrappy Mexican lightweight to feed to Eddie Alvarez

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Charming Charlie- October 23, 2010 at 12:05 am
That caption made me laugh harder than a barrel full of comments-of-the-week.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Weight class schmeight class. In Soviet Russia man wrestle bear for food. In Siberia!
djp1988- October 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm
MoTropolis- October 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm
Stevia's a helluva drug.
DazedNConfused- October 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm
I agree and disagree. I think he'll be a great contender but to say he'll have the LW strap after 2-3 fights is a bit too ambitious. There are a lot of great fighters at 155. If BJ could pick Diego apart and be faster to the punch then him, I don't see him doing much better against Edgar.
MoTropolis- October 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm
To say Diego is irrelevant and/or that his best days are behind him is fucking bonkers. It wasnt that long ago that he shredded thru his competition before he met his wall in the form of BJ Penn. I dont put too much stock behind his loss to Hathaway considering it was his first fight at that weight in a while. I actually have him beating Thiago this sat in fightpicker. I can see him with the LW strap after 2-3 fights back in that division, easily.
jimbonics- October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm
RwilsonR- October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm
It is funny to look back at Diego Sanchez back when he convinced himself that he was destined by God to go undefeated and be the greatest champion in MMA history. Delusional fucktard!
Deathb4tapout- October 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Wooooh is that Jenna Jameson again or is that just Diego Sanchez headgina?
Dagnut- October 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm
His eyebrow looks like it fell off and his corner man just stuck it back on there
budsellers- October 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm
i would actually enjoy wec more with diego sanchez in their 155 division.
Turd Furgeson- October 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm
The only match up that I would care to see Diego in is Sanchez v. Florian two. He's irrelevant.
BigShig- October 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Cliffs Notes version = "Boohoo I can't win at 155. Boohoo I can't win at 170. But if there was a 165 division I would dominate."
It takes a Viking to raze a village.- October 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Not only is Sanchez a douchebag, he's a delusional douchebag.
Almost North- October 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm
^The both bleed nicely though. Unlike the old dude in Roadhouse, I like bleeders.
RwilsonR- October 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Pick a weight class and stick with it. He is like the new Rich Franklin... just a lot less likeable.
Almost North- October 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm
jgrant- October 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm
I think it's safe to assume that the TUF 1 guys are all set for life (save for Kos and Swick getting fired like the rest of AKA during the video game fiasco).
Fried Taco- October 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm
NOTSOB- October 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm
isnt this article old news? i know i read him saying this a few days ago....