Sanchez’s second fight at 155 pounds since moving back to the division is an especially important opportunity. He looked fairly dull against Takanori Gomi in his first foray and was lucky to have earned a Split Decision. Melendez is a much tougher opponent and won’t let off the gas pedal if Sanchez looks suspect. The level of Sanchez’s performance will also determine how far “The Dream” can go at lightweight. If he looks competitive, he’s still got a future and might make another run at the belt. If he’s overmatched, he may consider a return to welterweight where he doesn’t have to diet as much and can still entertain en route to the occasional victory.
When fighters take to the cage tonight in Houston for UFC 166 the ensuing action can be summed up as simply as stating apt athletes will battle it out inside the Octagon until winners emerge. However, most match-ups have a lot more going on than just the actual clash of competitors. Rather, scraps often involve storylines unrelated to the physical display playing out in front of fans and such is certainly the case with a few of the efforts attached to this evening’s event.
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