It appears UFC star Diego Sanchez may be returning to 155 pounds after a fairly successful run in the division a few years back. Sanchez went 2-1 as a lightweight with wins over Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida before coming up short against B.J. Penn in an entertaining championship clash. Since bulking back up to welterweight he racked up a 2-2 mark including a February decision loss to Jake Ellenberger.
Sanchez revealed the ever-increasing likelihood of him dipping back down in a recent interview where he also offered up a few possible opponents.
“I’m probably going to be going down to 155 for the next fight,” explained Sanchez while calling in to MMAJunkie Radio. “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.”
As far as foes piquing Sanchez’s interest, the original Ultimate Fighter winner made it clear he simply wants to be matched up against equally exciting competitors who bring it in the cage. Two names who fit that bill as far as he’s concerned are Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz.
“I told Dana I really liked that fight,” said Sanchez of facing Pettis. “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.”
“It’d be a Fight of the Night,” Sanchez continued, turning talk to Diaz. “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.”
Pettis holds an overall record of 15-2 and is coming off a knockout win over Joe Lauzon, while Diaz has been sharp in his recent victories over Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone.
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MMATraining Take: Putting Sanchez against Pettis or Diaz would undoubtedly result in a fantastic fight. They’re all aggressive athletes with well-rounded skills supported by high-level technique. Just thinking about either bout gets my mouth watering.