Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Diego Sanchez is one of the stop stars in the UFC’s welterweight division. Sanchez has a strong background in wrestling and Gaidojutsu.
He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, defeating Kenny Florian in the middleweight division. Shortly after, Sanchez dropped to welterweight, defeating Brian Gassaway, Nick Diaz, John Alessio, Karo Parisyan, and Joe Riggs.
He moved to lightweight, and won his first fight in his new weight class defeating TUF 2 winner Joe Stevenson at UFC 95. He went on to receive the first title shot of his career when he faced BJ Penn at UFC 107 in December of 2009, which he last via TKO. He returned to welterweight after the loss to Penn, and lost his first fight back at welterweight to John Hathaway at UFC 114 on May 29, 2010.
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Paulo Thiago, Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Joe Riggs, Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian
NOTABLE LOSSES: John Hathaway, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck