The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez has reinvigorated himself and injected new life into his MMA career by returning to his roots and training in the legendary Greg Jackson camp. Sanchez was on a disappointing two-fight losing streak that saw him utterly dominated by both BJ Penn and John Hathaway. “The Nightmare” turned things around recently with an impressive win over the tough Paulo Thiago in a welterweight bout at UFC 121 late last month. Speaking with MMAJunkie.com recently, Sanchez revealed that he has his sights set on a return to the lightweight division despite his recent success at 170-pounds but that his main goal is to capture a UFC title.
“I’d probably prefer 155 (pounds), but my one goal is to win the title,” said Sanchez.
“The Nightmare” pledged a newfound commitment to the sport and claimed to have a better mindset since re-joining with Greg Jackson prior to his bout with Thiago. Watching the fight, it seems clear that Sanchez was telling the truth and “The Nightmare” is still sticking to his guns.
“I think it all just comes down to preparation and the decisions that you make and what you do in your training camp,” Sanchez said. “My motto is, ‘Just earn it.’ Just earn the ‘W,’ and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to work and earn the ‘W.'”
As far as his motivation to return to 155 goes, Sanchez–who went 2-1 as a lightweight–said, “I’d like to go back and show people what I could have done if I was training right.”
The New Mexico native’s next move will be mostly determined by the match up that he is offered, as he only has interest in bouts that will bring him back to a title shot.
“All I want to do is fight whoever makes sense to climb the ladder the fastest, whether it’s at 170 or 155,” said “The Nightmare.”
In which division do you think Sanchez will have the most success fighting? Who would be a good next opponent for him in either weight class? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments section.