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Diego Sanchez expresses interest in divisional double-dipping

The practice of changing divisions is a relatively common occurrence in Mixed Martial Arts. However, those moving up or down in weight typically do so with the intent to remain there for the foreseeable future, and in general there are very few fighters who make the switch on a per-fight basis.

It now appears Diego Sanchez wants to join that select group.

Sanchez, who made his name in the UFC as a welterweight before going 2-1 during a three-fight stint at 155-pounds in 2009 which saw him fall to then-champion BJ Penn in a title bout, recently expressed his interest in dropping down again in the near future while talking on a video blog for Greg Jackson’s group in New Mexico. Specifically, the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 champ mentioned wanting to face Sean Sherk.

Unfortunately, Sherk looks to be out of the picture based on undisclosed injuries, though “Nightmare” expressed his happiness with any opponent at either of his competitive weights as long as it was a “tough, good fight”.

Sanchez is 22-4 and most recently beat Paulo Thiago a few weeks ago at UFC 121. In addition to that victory, he holds notable wins in his career over Karo Parisyan, Ken Florian, Joe Stevenson, Clay Guida, and Nick Diaz.

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5 COMMENTS
  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I have to agree with Dana on this one and say that I wish Diego would stay at WW-Bouncing around weight classes just seems to enhance the possibility of having focus issues when it comes down to fighting-Either way-I will still be rooting for the “Nightmare’

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  • MCM says:

    I actually like the idea of Diego bouncing between the two weight classes. There’s a lot of good matchups for him at both weights. He’s only about 173lbs when he enters the cage at WW and training with the guys at GJ’s again will only help him cut weight properly without looking so emaciated.

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    If he wants to jump back and forth I say let him. This happens in boxing regularly. Why not it means more matchups for fans. Better potential PPV’s .

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  • Angry Mike says:

    The sound on that video was a little fuzzy. Did he say “yes douche bag chair”?

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  • He said yes, Astro chair. Right on, Diego is one of those guys that Im personally never rooting for, but Im always ready to watch him have a solid fight with someone. If he wants to bounce around I say why not? If Dana wants to perpetuate the sports popularity, why not put on the most exciting fights for people and stop this whole,” He’s fighting in this division for this title.” Crap

    I mean imagine Diego Vs Sotiropolous, Condit, Aldo, Griffin, Cerrone, rematch with Hathaway, rematch with Kos, Sherk, Dunham, Rematch with Florian etc. etc.

    I named all those without even thinking, what could someone like Joe Silva do if he put some time into it?

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