Diego Sanchez Blames Food Poisoning for UFC 171 Loss

Written by Tom Ngo
March 17th, 2014

UFC Diego Sanchez

UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez (pictured) didn’t appear to be himself in Saturday’s unanimous decision defeat to Myles Jury at UFC 171. And no, I’m not just referring to Sanchez’s gaudy Mohawk.

The creator of the infamous Yes Cartwheel claims his stomach was doing No Cartwheels after eating some funky steak tartare shortly after making weight on Friday. Sanchez believes his bout of food poisoning played a significant part in his lackluster performance against the unbeaten Jury.

“I wasn’t my self [Saturday] night I sustained Food poisoning from eating a beef tar tar with raw quail egg as a appetizer at dinner,” Sanchez tweeted Sunday. “This was my own mistake I ordered it thinking I need red meat but raw was the wrong choice, I threw up first at at 2am & all day fight day.

“I was weak and my performance showed it if you notice I don’t go for one takedown because I just didn’t have the strength. Jury and his team fought a good fight against me and they did win, but I wanted my fans to know the truth why I was not all there.”

Food poisoning or not, it doesn’t change the fact Sanchez has now dropped three of his past four fights, including two straight. The 32-year-old’s lone victory during his current skid was in a split decision over Takanori Gomi.

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