On December 12, 2009, Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez stepped into the cage as a lightweight for the final time to face then king of the division B.J. Penn. After one of the more lopsided fights in UFC history, the former welterweight standout saw himself outlanded by “The Prodigy” by an astounding 149:8 ratio. Leading up to the bout, Sanchez had cruised to victory through Joe Stevenson and taken a decision in what many pundits dubbed “Fight of The year” against Clay Guida.
“The Nightmare” had enough of the weight cut and returned to welterweight after the deflating loss. His return run did not begin well as he stumbled in his first bout against the virtually unknown John Hathaway. Diego would then refocus himself and change many aspects of his life, including his moniker. Now referred to as “The Dream,” Sanchez rejoined former coach Greg Jackson and put together back-to-back wins against Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann. The Albaquerque native’s most recent roadblock in Jake Ellenberger caused a change of heart for Sanchez, who now plans on returning to lightweight, as he confirmed to UFC analyst Joe Rogan via twitter.
@joerogan there isn’t anyone out there that understands Mma as a whole like you do! Thanks Joe, its back to 155 for me… Should be good!!
While no official date nor opponent as been targeted for the TUF winner, who is always ready to deliver excitement, his return to the 155 lb. division comes as a welcomed addition to the lightweight roster.