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Diego Sanchez Caught Between Weight Classes

Diego Sanchez dropped a decision to Jake Ellenberger in the Fight of the Night last night in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 1 in Omaha, Nebraska, ending a two-fight winning streak and bringing up the question of what weight class Sanchez is best suited to compete at.

During his seventeen-fight UFC tenure, Sanchez has competed at welterweight twelve times, lightweight three times, and middleweight once, earning respective records of 9-4, 2-1, and 1-0. Sanchez has carried his unshakeable grit and manic attack to each division, but some argue that his best performances were put on at 155lbs., excepting a title fight loss to B.J. Penn.

Speaking post-fight via MMAWeekly, Sanchez admitted that he finds himself trapped between the two, wishing that there were a middle ground.

“There’s always a chance of me going back to 155. I have one loss at that weight class,” said Sanchez. “I’m wish-washy whether I’m going to stay at 70 or 55 because it’s real hard for me to stay at 70. I have to be able to lift weights a lot, like I really have to be able to lift weights a lot.

“I’m stuck in between both of the weight classes. It has its ups and downs. At 70 and 55, I have to cut more weight at 55, at 70 I have to lift more weights. I wish it was a 155, 165 and 175 honestly.”

Sanchez is 23-5 overall; for full results from the UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger fight card, click here.