Diego Sanchez saw his stock rise substantially at UFC 166 even though he actually lost his fight by decision against Gilbert Melendez. Their three-round war was nothing short of epic and produced Fight of the Night bonuses for both competitors.
Sanchez had said before the fight that he had settled with the fact that he’s a 155-pounder now after jumping back and forth between lightweight and welterweight the last few years. It definitely showed as the fighter fans saw this past Saturday night was the determined, gutsy competitor that they’ve grown accustomed to.
While badly cut during the fight and no doubt in need of some rest and relaxation, Sanchez already has designs on who he would like to meet next. He has tweeted that he would be interested in a five-round main event fight against Nate Diaz. Diaz is scheduled to fight Gray Maynard at the Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Finale on November 30.
Sanchez already owns a victory against one of the Diaz brothers as he registered a decision victory over Nick Diaz back at the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale. Sanchez is hoping to continue the momentum from his thrilling battle this past weekend, and a fight with Diaz would certainly shape up as another exciting contest.
Diaz was recently stopped by Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7. It marked the first time in his career that he had been stopped via strikes. Diaz has dropped two straight fights as he was also beaten by decision in a title opportunity against then-lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
With Diaz’s boxing skills and submission abilities, he may take up Sanchez on his idea in the hopes of becoming the first man to finish “The Dream” inside the Octagon, while also getting the chance to get a little revenge. The only stoppage loss that the extremely tough Sanchez has ever had was because of a severe cut in a lightweight title fight with B.J. Penn.
If this fight against Diaz were to become a reality, there would be a very good chance of Sanchez adding another Fight of the Night honor to his already impressive career resume.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports