Despite what you might have thought regarding the Diego Sanchez-Ross Pearson decision at UFC Fight Night 42, it’s hard not to embrace Sanchez for his post-fight call-outs.
The former Ultimate Fighter winner let it be known that he still wants Nate Diaz, and has UFC 180 and Mexico set as a potential date.
“Nate Diaz, let’s do this in Mexico. Stop being a crybaby, crying about not getting enough money,” said Sanchez, during the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “Be a real fighter and fight because you love to fight, and fight me. See if you can hang with this.”
Previously, Sanchez has stated a desire to test his skills against Diaz. He fought Gilbert Melendez, a training partner of Diaz’s, last year, falling via decision.
While his win over Pearson was questioned by many, Sanchez felt he was the obvious winner and wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from him. He is a native of New Mexico and was fighting in front of a large group of family, friends and teammates in Albuquerque.
“I think I definitely won the first and third rounds,” said Sanchez, during the post-fight press conference. “Ain’t nobody in here going to rob me of my joy right now.”
Diaz has been on the sidelines since a 2013 win over Gray Maynard. He has been asking for his contract to be renegotiated, but that request was denied by UFC president Dana White.
Mike Kogan, manager for Diaz, took to Twitter after hearing about Sanchez’s comments and responded, stating, “Every UFC someone calls out Nate Diaz. This time it’s Sanchez. You are 0-3 (Saturday’s) robbery including pick on someone your own size.”