Iaquinta stunned Sanchez with a big right not long into their co-main event fight at UFC FN 108, and then sent the lightweight to the deck with another booming shot. The defeat was unquestionably the most clear cut, violent loss Sanchez has suffered to date.
Since the charismatic fighter is 35 year’s-old, and because Sanchez has been finished now in two of his last three fights, some observers are campaigning for him to retire. But, the man who was formerly known as “The Dream” and “The Nightmare”, had this to say in response:
This is a heart felt message for all the supporters of what I do but more importantly what I stand for as a athlete a man and warrior of the octagon, after evaluating the situation with a clear mind I have two options? The first is to feel sorry for myself start doubting myself, god and everything that makes me a winner? Thinking negative like many people would and even are the people that are not in my shoes the people who have no clue and just are so fast to throw out retirement and this and that? YOUR NOT ME! So just shut your mouths right now before even saying it, ITS NOT YOURS TO SAY! I speak from the heart and do not sugar coat SHIT! so there's that path the quitters path? Or there is the DIEGO path what being a Lionheart is all about it's about picking your self up when you fall learning how you fell and how to prevent it from happening again? This was the first KO of my career some fighters experience it more than ounce in over a decade of fighting the very best UFC has put in front of a man. Loosing is a part of this sport, I choose to believe in my god given abilities and had work earned talent! I choose to believe in my dream! I am confident, I am experienced, i am still very healthy, young for my physical age and more driven and hungry for success than ever. So I choose to continue to roar like a lion for the lord Jesus and do what I do and that's fight ON! To all my fans and friends that believe in me I love you guys! To all my family that loves me and has there concerns let me assure you I have been tested at the best facilities In The world my cognitive health is the same if not better than it's ever been I'm sharp sober minded and extremely healthy so I know it hurts to see a warrior you love fall but it's part of it and when I am no longer able to compete with the best fighters in the world i will look to what is next! As for now I'm a beast that got caught with a perfect shot I'm all good and will be back with adjustments that will prevent that from ever happening again! So today I thank god I was not injured In The fight , I still have a iron jaw and a lion heart and a sober mind. You doubters you gonna doubt it's what do ❤️
Now, it is true that the only other times Sanchez has been stopped with strikes, was against Joe Lauzon last summer, and way back in 2009 against BJ Penn. Against Lauzon, however, Sanchez wasn’t out-out, and the loss to Penn came via a cut.
But, Sanchez has been involved in a ton of wars over the years, so it’s not surprising that some believe he might be better off retiring. It’s good to hear that he’s been receiving medical testing for cognitive health, however, and that they’ve come back clean.