Say what you will about Diego Sanchez’s controversial unanimous decision win last night over Martin Kampmann, but the talk should be focused less on the bout’s verdict and more on the fact that fans were treated to two world-class welterweights displaying the kind of grit and heart that makes MMA the most compelling sport on the planet.
Both Kampmann and Sanchez (especially Sanchez) will keep permanent reminders of their main event scrap in the form of new scars and injuries and because of that and the amount of effort each man put forth, their fight will likely not be soon forgotten by the fans. It was certainly impressive to UFC president Dana White, who handed both men an unprecedented $160,000 each for earning Fight of the Night honors and asserted that no true loser emerged from the bout.
“This is one of those fights where there is no loser,” White said in a conversation with ESPN.com. “I thought Diego Sanchez won the fight. They’re going to make more money than they were paid tonight. We’re not done with them yet.
“These two are among the best in the welterweight division. After a fight like that, they are both still in the mix.”
Where the two fighters go from here (after they get put back together) is unknown; whether they will fight in an immediate rematch or take separate paths for the time being is still being decided, but both men put the welterweight division on notice last night by showing their never-say-die mentalities and by proving that they can both take and dish out a severe beating.