Diego Sanchez Talks UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Future

Written by Tom Ngo
November 4th, 2010

Habitual division hopper Diego Sanchez is still teetering between the welterweight and lightweight classes. After 15 UFC fights, coming across three different divisions, the 28-year-old still can’t decide where his MMA legacy will be left.

“I’d probably prefer 155 (pounds), but my one goal is to win the title,” Sanchez told MMAJunkie.com. “All I want to do is fight whoever makes sense to climb the ladder the fastest, whether it’s at 170 or 155.”

After collecting a lopsided unanimous decision win over welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC 121, company president Dana White dropped his two-cents on the matter at the post-fight press conference.

“Personally, I think he looks better at 170 than 155. I think Diego is strong at 170 pounds,” White stated.

After “Nightmare” took the middleweight tournament in the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he immediately dropped to the welterweight division.  Although his Octagon resume reads 8-3 as a 170-pounder and only 2-1 as a lightweight, the brash promoter was adamant the larger class was where Diego belonged.

Fast forward to Zuffa, LLC’s major announcement and White’s decision to publicly endorse Sanchez’s welterweight career makes complete sense.

The UFC’s 155-pound division was already one of its deepest, but they will now attempt to mesh roughly 20 WEC lightweights into their 50ish pool of fighters. Adding a big name like Sanchez to the mix just wouldn’t make too much sense with the increased depth they now have access to.

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