Diego Sanchez, for a time, was considered one of the best lightweights out there. That was a much younger Sanchez who admits the partying got the best of him. With a new outlook on life, Sanchez is ready to test the UFC waters once again.
“I’m just waiting to show my best because never in that Octagon did I really truly show my best of pure heart, of pure mind and of pure soul and I’m excited to get in there and do that,” said Sanchez. “I’m excited to see how far I can go with my head on my shoulders right.”
In 2009, Sanchez dropped to lightweight and was unsuccessful in his title fight with B.J. Penn. He would return to welterweight after that defeat, but it didn’t last. He got a split-decision win against Takanori Gomi in March. They were supposed to meet at lightweight, but Sanchez came in heavy and the promotion settled for a catchweight bout.
Sanchez takes on former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. Melendez will look for his first UFC win since dropping a title fight to then champion Benson Henderson.
UFC 166 is October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.