UFC 235: Diego Sanchez Says He’s a “Different” Man Fighting at Welterweight
By FCF Staff
After recording back-to-back victories over welterweights Craig White and Mickey Gall, it looks like Diego Sanchez’s days competing at lightweight are over.
Sanchez, who even dropped down to featherweight at one juncture, returned to 170 in 2017 and was knocked out by Matt Brown. Since then the rugged vet has scored the aforementioned victories; most recently, at UFC 235 this past weekend, Sanchez stopped Gall in round two.
Following his latest victory, the 37-year-old Sanchez had this to say about his return to welterweight (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Diego Sanchez at 170 is twice as durable as the dried-out, unrested, unfocused Diego Sanchez at lightweight,” Sanchez said backstage after his win over Gall. “It’s two different men. You can’t compare. … I’m walking around at 175. I cut maybe two, three pounds. I’m trying to change the game for these young bucks. I want to show ’em you can be a champion not cutting weight, not killing yourself. That you can be a better fighter going in there healthy. Your life is on the line. You brain health is on the line.”
The New Mexico fighter’s overall record now stands at 29-11.