In a fevered dream born from repeated head trauma and the rising desperation of a fighter in the twilight of his career, TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez says he wants to go down to featherweight.
He will get crushed.
Here’s what the “Dream” or “Nightmare” or whatever he’s calling himself these days said, courtesy of MMAJunkie:
“I’m going down to 145,” Sanchez said on the latest edition of “The MMA Road Show” with John Morgan. “I think there’s some great fights down there at 145. Even right away, I’m going to be a force in the divison – right away. And I know all the 145-pounders are, ‘Oh, that’s if you make weight. If Diego can make weight.’ That’s what they’re going to be saying. But, you know what? I’m going to do it. I’m going to make weight, and I’m going down to this division.”
“I weighed out all the positives and the negatives. As a positive, I want to be one of the UFC fighters – Kenny Florian is the only UFC fighter to compete in four divisions, but he didn’t win at 185. But he competed in four divisions. I want to be the one that actually wins (in four divisions).”
Good grief. Sanchez was a fantastic, thrilling fighter in his prime, but he’s since entered “Chuck Liddell” territory, and it’s impossible to argue against the fact that whatever wins he’s garnered recently were gifts from blind judges. A move down to featherweight – and a contest against fighters who are truly faster and more spry than someone like Sanchez, who’s clearly lost a step – well, geez, that’s not going to end well.
What do you think? Should Sanchez fight at 145 or just hang up the gloves?