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Sanchez heads to the cage to some traditional Mariachi music. Herzog officiates this bout as well.
Round 1: They take right to the center of the cage and start to engage. Thiago throws a head kick. He lands with a couple of nice punches and Sanchez shoots for the takedown. Thiago avoids and threatens with a choke. They clinch and hit the fence and now it’s Thiago looking for the takedown. Sanchez wiffs on a three-punch combo. Thiago ducks a combo and takes Sanchez down from a body-lock. Thiago in Sanchez’s half guard. Thiago looks for the D’arce choke as Sanchez tries to wriggle free. He gets out but Thiago looks for it again. Sanchez scrambling but Thiago is all over him.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Thiago
Round 2: Thiago lands solid with a left that wakes Sanchez up. Sanchez fires back to show he’s still in the fight. Sanchez looks for the takedown and Thiago staves him off for a bit; Sanchez doesn’t relent and eventual gets Thiago down in an odd reverse-mount position in the middle of the cage. They scramble and Sanchez remains on top, in Thiago’s guard. Sanchez passes to half-guard. Thiago is looking for the kimura but Sanchez defends. The fight is stopped briefly because Thiago lands elbows tot he back of Sanchez’s head.
The rest of round 2 was lost due to technical difficulties.
Round 3: Thiago looks to be wilting here in the third round. He winds up on the bottom after establishing double-underhooks. Thiago looks for the kimura again but Sanchez avoids it. Sanchez takes Thiago’s back with one hook established. Both hooks in and a body triangle. Sanchez posturing up from rear mount and landing big right hands. Thiago trying to fight out of it but Sanchez is all over him. Sanchez will not let Thiago up and is constantly threatening with the choke or ground and pound. Thiago springs out but Sanchez chases him down, eating an up kick before getting right back on top of Thiago. Thiago looking to snatch up a leg. Sanchez gets the back again and lands with some big punches. A furious ground scramble ensues with Thiago briefly latching onto a D’arce choke before Sanchez breaks out and continues his onslaught. Sanchez reigning down ground and pound with a rarely-seen ferociousness to end the round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Diego Sanchez defeated Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (scores of 30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Sanchez points to the humbling losses he has dealt with as the reason for his impressive victory tonight.