Stevenson's Worst Nightmare

Written by Tom Ngo
February 22nd, 2009

Many in the MMA community were alarmed with how skinny Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez looked at Friday’s weigh-ins. Many wondered if he would have the same speed advantage that he enjoyed in the heavier divisions? Or if he would have the energy to fight after cutting 16 gut-wrenching pounds to make the 156-pound limit? On Saturday night, Sanchez silenced all doubters as he dominated Joe Stevenson through 3Rounds at UFC 95.

“I didn’t expect him to improve that much,” Sanchez stated about his opponent after the fight.

Going into the fight, Sanchez felt that he had done nothing but improve over the last few years, while Stevenson remained the same predictable fighter since he first set foot in the Octagon. No better sentiment could have been expressed to describe the dominance that he displayed.

Sanchez unleashed a diversified array of punches, kicks and knees on his way to an easy 29-28.30-27, 30-27 unanimous decision win.

The lightweight division marked the 3rd UFC weight class that Sanchez has fought in, and now it appears that it will be his last…for the time being.

“I made the weight-cut fine,” stated the 27-year-old. “I weighed 172 today — that’s what I fought welterweight at, was 172. It’s permanent for now. When I’m in my 30s, maybe I’ll go up.”

Tonight Sanchez was just a nightmare for Stevenson. He intends to be haunting the lightweight division for years to come.

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