Bellator 159: Emmanuel Sanchez Discusses Recent Buzz, Believes he Can Beat “Anyone” at 145
By Kelsey Mowatt
After winning three straight fights to push his Bellator record to 5-1, Emmanuel Sanchez has some considerable buzz going. And how does the 25 year-old featherweight feel about it?
Well, recently “El Matador” appeared on Full Contact Fighter Radio, in advance of his fight this Friday with fellow contender, Daniel Weichel. When Sanchez was asked whether he’s aware of his prospect status, and for his thoughts on it, the fighter stated:
“Kind of aware. I mean, unless something comes up as a Twitter notification or something,” said Sanchez. “For me, I’m just a man as well; I’m a human being, and I live in the gym. I just want to get better. I’m a martial artist and I just want to continue to grow and to get better. The limelight of the sport, the promotion and everything, it’s great, don’t get me wrong. But I understand and I know that I have so much to learn, work on and improve.”
“Not just with fighting itself, in the cage, but it’s also a business,” added Sanchez. “Everything about it and I how I carry and present myself. So, you learn something everyday and I just want to continue to grow and become a better person.”
Due to the impressive rise of Sanchez (13-2), and because Weichel (36-9) is one of Bellator’s most experienced and skilled featherweights, there is a lot riding on this Friday’s scrap.
Sanchez has defeated Henry Corrales, Justin Lawrence and Daniel Pineda now, since he was decisioned by former champ Pat Curran. Weichel, meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over Georgi Karakhanyan, after he was KO’d by former champ Patricio “Pitbull” last June.
“Absolutely,” said Sanchez, when asked if he believes a win over Weichel, could propel him into a title fight. “I believe that anyone in the featherweight division I can submit, I can knock out, and that’s exactly what I look to do in each and every single one of my fights. I break them; I break my opponents. I break their wills. I break their spirits…”
Bellator 159 will be hosted by the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The main card will be broadcast on Spike.