Diego Sanchez believes it is his destiny to become a UFC champion, though there are a lot of other guys who think the same thing and will never get there. What’s the difference between them and Diego? A positive attitude and a willingness to look directly into the camera even when being interviewed by someone who is standing right next to him. In other news around the MMA world:
- Paul Daley‘s rant about what a "big pussy" Carlos Condit is turned out to be oddly prescient, as the UFC has reportedly decided to give him Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108, as Daley suggested. Hazelett got screwed out of his fight at UFC 106 when Karo Parisyan
threw away his career pulled out of the bout, and now the submissions ace gets what is likely to be an easier style match-up against Daley. Provided, that is, that he can get him to the mat.
- Jeremy Stephens, who was originally slated to face Nik "The Carny" Lentz at UFC Fight Night 20, was forced to pull out with an injury and has since been replaced with Thiago Tavares. Lentz won his Octagon debut against Rafaello Olivera at UFC 103, and Tavares is coming off a win over Manvel Gamburyan at UFC 94, though he’s still a very dicey 4-3 in the UFC. Sounds like someone might have just agreed to a win-or-get-fired match.
- Finally, in large-glove fighting news, that big Mayweather-Pacquiao bout may end up being almost comically big, as promoter Bob Arum is reportedly considering holding it at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. Other contending venues are said to be the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Superdome in New Orleans. I guess the Death Star was all booked up that weekend.