The MMA world welcomed word of UFC star Diego Sanchez’s return to the lightweight division after a productive, though inconsistent, run as a 170-pounder. Unfortunately, the cut didn’t go quite as planned, leaving “The Dream” a few ticks heavy yesterday when he stepped on the scale to way in for his UFC on Fuel 8 fight against Takanori Gomi.
Specifically, Sanchez clocked in at 158 pounds and was unable to slim down further. As a result, he will be fined 20% of his salary for the scrap.
Sanchez went on Twitter this morning where he shed a little light on why he wasn’t able to get down to 155, expressing frustration with the possibility of his weight-related trouble tainting the victory he expects to notch tonight in Japan.
“It’s complicated,” began Sanchez. “Made a mistake in my distilled water cut. Then in AM I cut all day last two pounds were not coming out period.”
“Gomi better not be crying I missed weight after I win because those two pounds cost 24 thousand dollars,” he added. “If I could have cut it I would have.”
Sanchez is 2-1 in the UFC as a lightweight with his loss coming to B.J. Penn in a title-fight a little more than three years ago. He holds an overall mark of 23-5 with fifteen finishes and past success against the likes of Clay Guida, Martin Kampmann, and Nick Diaz.
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