Longtime UFC staple Diego Sanchez recently returned to his home division at welterweight after making an unsuccessful run at the title at 155lbs. After stumbling in his first outing back at 170 against John Hathaway, Sanchez returned to his roots at Greg Jackson’s training center and turned in two victorious, Fight of the Night-winning performances against Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann.
Now, the 29-year-old will be looking to make it three in a row when he faces UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage this September. Speaking with MMAHeat.com recently, the fighter formerly known as “The Nightmare” and “The Dream” who now goes by “The Vision” discussed taking on the former long-reigning welterweight champ.
“You know, it doesn’t,” replied Sanchez when asked if it shook him up to fight a legend such as the country boy. “I’ve fought legends before and with Matt Hughes, it’s just stylistically a great match up for me and a great match up for the fans. It’s gonna test him. I wanna throw hands, he said he wants to throw hands, so, we’ll see. I’m gonna be one hundred percent ready with my team and the training camp that I have planned. I’m just excited to be healthy, grounded and focused.”
Check out the full video interview with MMAHeat’s Karyn Bryant below.
UFC 135 goes down on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.