It’s hard to call Sanchez a loser after the gutsy performance he turned in on Saturday night but, alas, he did actually exit the Octagon with a defeat in tow. Rather than another opponent, the next thing up for Sanchez should be a visit to the doctor’s office. The scar tissue on his face splits too easily and a procedure to address it, thereby making him less susceptible to cuts, would be a real benefit to Sanchez's future. As far as opponents go, Sanchez’s stock didn’t take a significant hit over the weekend so there are still a ton of options. He seems to make magic with aggressive strikers so the winner of Donald Cerrone-Evan Dunham (UFC 167) would definitely work, as would K.J. Noons simply from a stand-up perspective. Or, if Sanchez needs a half-year off to heal properly, lightweights like Jamie Varner, Pat Healy, Joe Lauzon, and Edson Barboza are all on tap for December action and could be looking for foes a few months thereafter.
Based on the number of knockouts and the amount of blood shed there were obviously some serious losers last weekend when it came to the lineup for UFC 166. Though the show was highly memorable for fans, it should ultimately stand out for a couple of fighters as well whose heads are now on the chopping block as a result of their in-ring stumbles. That being said, a few of the less fortunate competitors are sure to be back in the Octagon come 2014 and ready to show their recent stumbles were simply speed-bumps rather than indicative of their future prospects. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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