Guess who’s doing some YES! Cartwheels right now? Well, UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez (pictured) was probably already doing them anyways, but Sanchez has real reason for joy after signing an eight-fight contract extension to remain with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
Sanchez’s employment status was reported on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
As customary with UFC contracts, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It’s not often the UFC awards a fighter with a new contract following a loss, but you won’t hear any arguments after Sanchez’s unanimous decision defeat to Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. Their epic October battle is up for 2013 Fight of the Year honors.
Sanchez emerged onto the Octagon scene by winning the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” back in 2005. He owns a 24-6 professional record, going 13-6 inside the Octagon over three different weight classes.
“Dream” has fought for a UFC title just once, losing to then-lightweight champion BJ Penn at UFC 107 in 2009.
According to “UFC Tonight’s” report, Sanchez is keeping a close eye on Saturday’s scrap between Joe Lauzon and Mac Danzig. The 31-year-old would like to fight a victorious Lauzon at UFC 171.