Diego Sanchez may be set to fight the UFC’s #2 ranked lightweight in Gilbert Melendez this Saturday, and narrowly got by Takanori Gomi earlier this year, but the vet has been sharing his thoughts on how he’d fair against champion Anthony Pettis. The dynamic fighter who is also the promotion’s #8 ranked P4P fighter.
The 31 year-old Sanchez, who used to go by “Nightmare” but now is “The Dream”, recently had this to say about his chances against Pettis (comments via MMA Junkie.com).
“I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis,” Sanchez said. “We’re a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style.”
“I’m a very good wrestler, and I’m a better grappler than I am a wrestler,” Sanchez said. “I feel I’m the best grappler in the division at 155 (pounds), and with my size advantage, I feel there’s not a guy that I can’t take down in that division. So it just comes down to being sharp in my striking and being ready to make a fight a fight.”
Of course, Pettis is a well rounded fighter (just ask Benson Henderson) but one of his most feared weapons is his pounding kicks. While Pettis can end a fighter’s night with just one kick, Sanchez says “one of my best skills is catching kicks,” and “turning it into takedowns.”
It will be interesting to see how many fans agree with Sanchez’s analysis. All this aside, Sanchez needs to defeat Melendez at UFC 166 if he hopes to face Pettis in the next couple of years. Defeating the former Strikeforce champ is no easy task.
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