After getting thoroughly trounced at UFC 114 by undefeated John Hathaway, company president Dana White believes Diego Sanchez’s return to the welterweight division should be a short-lived one.
“I don’t think Diego belongs at 170,” White stated at the post-fight press conference. “I think it’s easier to be at 170. He looked soft. He looked real lethargic and slow and heavy.
“[155-pounds], Diego. Fifty-five!”
Hathaway completely destroyed Sanchez inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, as the normally aggressive Diego wasn’t able to mount any inkling of an attack. In essence, his offense was offensive in earning a lopsided 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 unanimous decision thrashing.
“He’s a tough guy,” White said of Sanchez. “I’m not his manager, but I think he should stay at 155. Listen, a loss to BJ Penn doesn’t mean you go back up to 170. It means you stay at 155 and you do what Kenny Florian did. You stay in there and keep grinding it out and beating the top guys, and you get back in line and work your way up to the top again.
“Diego does not look good at 170.”