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.