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Diego Sanchez calls out Nate Diaz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez is looking for another win over the Diaz brothers

Fresh from his Fight of the Year candidate bout with Gilbert Melendez, Diego Sanchez is again in a mood for another war. This time, he has set his sights on Nate Diaz. Sanchez, who already holds a win over Nate’s big brother, has expressed his desire to face the Stockton slugger via his Twitter account.

“Im thinking maybe nate diaz for the next fight would be an epic 5 rounder.” writes Sanchez on Twitter.

Diaz is already scheduled for a third match with Gray Maynard in the undercard of TUF 18 finale. He defeated Maynard in the semi finals of TUF 5 but the latter avenged his loss with a split decision win in 2010.

Both Maynard and Diaz are coming off knockout losses in their recent bouts. Maynard was stopped by TJ Grant while Diaz suffered his first KO loss at the hands of Josh Thomson. Prior to that, he was outpointed by then-champion Benson Henderson in his bid for the lightweight belt. Meanwhile, Sanchez suffered the only stoppage loss of his career in his lightweight title fight against BJ Penn way back in 2009.

[Photos from rantsports.com]

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Gilbert Melendez back to title contention after impressive showing in UFC 166

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Gilbert Melendez is back in the mix for a titleshot after his impressive win over Diego Sanchez

Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez moves back into title contention after he walked out with a W in the classic brawl against Diego Sanchez in the third featured fight of UFC 166 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Both fighters had promised to make a statement prior to the bout and they certainly lived up to the hype. Melendez and Sanchez clearly stole the show by providing nonstop action for the entire 15 minutes of their lightweight showdown. Dana White praised the performance of both fighters in an interview after the event.

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UFC 166 results: Velasquez stops Cigano in 5 rounds

Written on October 20, 2013 by Hector

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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166

Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.

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Diego Sanchez: Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket to a title shot

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez expects a titleshot if he defeats Gilbert Melendez in an exciting fashion

Diego Sanchez may not be that impressive in his recent outings, he is 1-2 in his last three fights and one can argue that he lost all those fights. Nevertheless, his string of unimpressive performances did not prevented “The Dream” from assuming that a title shot is next once he gets past Gilbert Melendez in UFC 166.

With the recent happenings in the UFC, it is not that impossible for Sanchez to believe that he can earn a shot at gold after two consecutive wins. He has done it before when he challenged then-champion BJ Penn in 2009. Even Chael Sonnen did it when he went straight for Jon Jones belt after losing his middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva.

“Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket. I’ve done it before. I fought two fights in 2009 at 155. Straight to the belt. (Melendez) has never been stopped. He avenged two of his three losses. His only loss is to Benson Henderson in a split decision that I felt went his way, so in a way I’m fighting a guy who’s almost untainted. And if I go in there, and I stop this guy, I think it makes a real case for a title shot.”

A stoppage win over El Nino will clearly raise Sanchez’ stocks but The Dream seems to forget that he is currently not ranked at 155. He would certainly enter the ranks but leapfrogging to a title shot is unlikely even if he stops Melendez in their showdown this weekend.

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Diego Sanchez confident on his chances against Anthony Pettis

Written on October 16, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez believes he has the right "style" to beat lightweight champion Anthony Pettis

Diego Sanchez has already set his sights on Anthony Pettis despite being just days away from facing Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. “The Dream” believes that he has the right tools to take away the belt from the current lightweight champ.

“I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis,” says Sanchez. “We’re a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style.”

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UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger Results

Written on February 16, 2012 by Markham Mencken

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Jake Ellenberger defeats Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision while Stefan Struve KO's Dave Herman in second round.

Fighting Insider has full results for all UFC on FUEL fights which took place on February 15th, at the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

The evening was highlighted by a welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger, with Ellenberger defeating Sanchez via unanimous decision. Other highlight is a heavy weight fight between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman, with Struve knocking out Herman in the second round.

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What’s next with Matt Hughes After UFC 135?

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“After this fight, win or lose doesn’t matter, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do." --- Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is carrying 54 professional bouts on his resume. He held the UFC welterweight championship belt twice, he had seven title defenses, and he is a UFC Hall of Fame inductee. With UFC 135 as his last fight of contract, what lies ahead for Matt Hughes? Short and sweet, the answer really is… Nothing.

However, the 37-year-old fighter remains a staple in the promotion. Matt Hughes will make a come back in the Octagon after a 10-month layoff at UFC 135 against Josh Koscheck. His original opponent, Diego Sanchez, stepped out of the match due to broken hand. And while Matt Hughes loves his life inside the Octagon, constantly testing his skills against increasingly younger opponents, how long will his competition be enough?

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Josh Koscheck, Facing Matt Hughes at UFC 135

Written on September 06, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Koscheck to face Matt Hughes for UFC 135 in lieu of Diego Sanchez.

UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, didn’t have a hard time finding a replacement for Diego Sanchez at UFC 135. Josh Koscheck was tapped to step in for the latter, and will face Matt Hughes on September 24. On early Monday, Diego Sanchez was confirmed out for the Denver card after he suffered a broken hand during training.

Josh Koscheck has been out of the Octagon since last December, when he lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion — Georges St-Pierre. He suffered a broken orbital bone during UFC 124, which required him to undergo surgery. In August, he announced his plans of competing for UFC 139 in San Jose — possibly even at middleweight. But assuming that Matt Hughes accepts the fight, he’ll be fighting in just over 3 weeks — and at welterweight.

Meanwhile, there’s still no official statement from UFC if Matt Hughes decided to take the fight against Josh Koscheck or not.

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Diego Sanchez Injured, Out of UFC 135 Fight Card

Written on September 06, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Diego Sanchez was forced out of his match-up with Matt Hughes due to hand injury.

The upcoming UFC 135 fight card will see a little change in its co-main event, as UFC President – Dana White – confirmed via Twitter that Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) broke his hand and was forced to withdraw from his bout against Matt Hughes (45-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC). “Diego Sanchez broke his hand,” White noted. “Looking for a replacement for Hughes.”

UFC 135 will be held on September 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The evening’s main card, which headlines the light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, will be aired on pay-per-view.

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Video: Dana White Said They Always Plan to Come Back to Denver

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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According to MMAWeekly's interview with Dana White, UFC planned to go back to Denver a long time ago.

The successful Ultimate Fighting Championship made a journey in Denver almost 20 years ago. However, the said promotion hasn’t done any pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since “The Ultimate Ultimate” in 1995. The promotion is still not under the Zuffa LLC back then.

Dana White, the president of UFC, said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com that the company already planned their return to Denver. Now, they can finally do it. The big event that is set to take place in Denver will be UFC 135, where the UFC light heavyweight champion – Jon Jones – put his title on the line against the former champ — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. UFC 135 also pits UFC Hall of Famer – Matt Hughes – against inaugural “Ultimate Fighter” winner – Diego Sanchez – as its co-main event on September 24 at the Pepsi Center.

Check out Dana White’s full interview at MMAWeekly.com after the jump.

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