“It’s back to 155 for me. Should be good!”, and like that, Diego Sanchez turns another page in his career. Diego has said his initial move to lightweight was marred by drug use, over partying, and lack of training. The results of that were two classics fights with Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, and it provided his only title shot to date. So, if that was Diego at his worst I want to see him at his best with Greg Jackson at his side as well.
For his first fight back Diego already has a set opponent in mind. Of course he calls out current number one contender Nate Diaz, but most likely that fight will not happen. There are still plenty of interesting match ups for Sanchez at 155 that would be intriguing. Like Joe Lauzon, Gray Maynard, Anthony Petties, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and a whole list of others. The best thing is that Diego at 155 is at his best weight class.
Part of the reasoning behind the move according to Sanchez is the prevalence of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) that many of his opponents have turned to.
“These guys like Nate Marquardt who star using TRT in their prime are getting strength I could never reach naturally.”
Since his return to 170, Diego went 2-2. His losses where when he was out muscled, and at 155 that will not happen. Diego is always a warrior no matter what you think of him, and having him in the division guarantees anyone that fights him is in for a fight. Once he heals and comes back he can start tearing through the division. It is not known if he will contend for the belt, but at only age 30 there is still plenty of years for him to continue fighting.