Diego Sanchez has endured more than his share of wars during an almost ten year tenure with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The man they call “The Dream” has received “Fight of the Night” honors seven times — most recently in a bloody brawl against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166 in 2013. A Sanchez bout has been named Wrestling Observer’s “Fight of the Year” three times.
But there’s a price to pay for all those battles, as the lightweight tweeted yesterday:
Mma is a rough sport I sustained a broken collar bone Monday during mma training. Surgery was a success praying for a fast recovery.
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) January 28, 2015
Yesterday, Sanchez’s manager Ricky Kottenstette spoke to MMA Junkie to offer details about the injury.
According to Kottenstette, Sanchez broke his collar bone during training, requiring surgery. But the surgery was a success, and Sanchez is expected to able to resume training in 4-6 weeks.
Sanchez was not scheduled for any bouts at the time of the injury. The New Mexico native was expected to face Norman Parke at UFC 180 in November, but the bout was nixed when Parke pulled out due to injury.
Joe Lauzon stepped in to replace Parke — but then, announced he too had sustained an injury, and would be unable to participate.
Then, Sanchez announced he had also sustained a knee injury — and would be unavailable to face a replacement.
That Mexico City show came to be known as “cursed” — as, in addition to losing Lauzon, Parke, and Sanchez; the event would suffer the loss of its headliner, Cain Velasquez.
Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, is 25-7 in his MMA career. He last fought in June 2014, earning a controversial split decision victory against Ross Pearson.