The “Nightmare” is Over for Diego Sanchez

Written by Tom Ngo
February 22nd, 2011

UFC Lightweight Welterweight Diego Sanchez

Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez believes he needs to lose his nickname in order to accomplish his dream of being a champion. During Tuesday’s “UFC on Versus 3” conference call, the welterweight professed he has nixed his handle for good.

“I let that go. I let the ‘Nightmare’ go,” Sanchez said. “To me, I see some negative in it. A nightmare is something that is negative and kind of evil.

“I don’t want to represent that. I want to represent positivity and good.”

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After starting his career on a perfect 17-0 note, Sanchez has posted a mundane 5-4 record over his last nine outings. The creator of the greatest chant in MMA history believes his nickname has played a significant part in his roller coaster resume.

“I look back on my career, the nightmare was myself,” Sanchez added. “All the times I fell off track and got into drinking, got into smoking weed, the things that brought me down, the partying. That was my nightmare. I was my own nightmare.

“I just want to be Diego Sanchez. I don’t even need a nickname. I’m me.”

Diego “Don’t Call Me Nightmare” Sanchez meets Martin Kampmann inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Versus will broadcast the March 3rd event live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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