White Confirms Sanchez is Now a Lightweight

Written by Tom Ngo
December 11th, 2008

UFC president Dana White confirmed that Diego Sanchez is indeed going to be dropping down to the UFC’s lightweight division.  Although the 155-pound division is just as deep as the welterweight division, Sanchez feels that the the lighter weight class is where he will best be able to leave his mark on MMA.  Sanchez had already made an unofficial announcement last week on his MySpace page.

“I’m training hard and will be dropping down to fight at 155,” Sanchez stated on his MySpace page.

This will be the third UFC weight class that Sanchez has competed in. He entered the organization as a middleweight contestant on the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” however immediately dropped down to the welterweight division after he defeated Kenny Florian in the show’s finale.

Sanchez, who has been recovering from a torn rib cage, has compiled an impressive 7-2 record in the deep 170-pound division, however seemed over matched when he faced the division’s larger and stronger fighters.

White stated that the UFC has yet to determine who Sanchez’s first lightweight opponent will be.

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