Diego Sanchez is preparing himself to face the surging Jake Ellenberger next month in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 1, taking on The Juggernaut in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. An experienced veteran at this point, the 30-year-old Sanchez is excited to face Ellenberger, a young, hungry battler whom Sanchez believes will give him his toughest test since BJ Penn beat him down in a lightweight title fight back in 2009.
“I’m sure he’s a really nice guy, I don’t really know him. He’s borderline cocky/confident. Back when I was 19-0 I was like that too. With age and experience comes wisdom. Those that exalt themselves will be humbled. Those that humble themselves will be exalted. I’m humbled man; I’m going to fight my best and show him what I got inside my heart and apply my skill set. We’re going to do it inside his back yard and its going to be a war,” Sanchez predicted in a recent interview with MMAValor. “This is the toughest fight of my career besides fighting BJ Penn at his best because I think that BJ Penn is a better martial artist than Jake. When I fought BJ Penn he was at his best and he was driven. He knew if he came in not in shape I would get him in the later rounds. BJ Penn is a good friend of mine, he’s the only guy that put a beating on me, he earned it.”
Sanchez and Ellenberger will do battle on February 15 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.