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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 11:25 PM
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I understand Sanchez is a tough fighter who gets in "good fights". Leonard Garcia also has like 4 FOTNs.

But his striking is GOD AWFUL. Sometimes I wonder if people have eyes or if people just like guys who wing shots wildly.

Sanchez looked to have F level striking vs. Gomi. Nate Diaz picked Gomi apart like he was a child. Then Gomi looked like Anderson vs. Sanchez. Diego over commits because he fights mad. He has no sense of timing nor distance. He gets countered so easily. Please, anyone with eyes and no bias, watch the Gomi fight and tell me Diego looked anything more than a D level striker with very average wrestling. Sanchez could be one of the worst strikers in the division.

Sanchez is a tough guy and has some pace. But Melendez is going to eat him alive. He is 5x the striker Sanchez is with better wrestling and better BJJ. And maybe better cardio at this point in their careers. Melendez may not stop him but he should win 30-27 unless judges keep scoring swings and misses, which is all Sanchez does.
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Diego is a fun fighter to watch but he can't really hang in their with the best. Hell, he can barely hang in their with the middle tier fighters. I'm positive Melendez will smash him.

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I just realized that Sanchez has only one legitimate win in the past four years, Paulo Thiago.

This is going to be an ass kicking and a shoe-in for Melendez.
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post #34 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 07:26 PM
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I understand Sanchez is a tough fighter who gets in "good fights". Leonard Garcia also has like 4 FOTNs.

But his striking is GOD AWFUL. Sometimes I wonder if people have eyes or if people just like guys who wing shots wildly.

Sanchez looked to have F level striking vs. Gomi. Nate Diaz picked Gomi apart like he was a child. Then Gomi looked like Anderson vs. Sanchez. Diego over commits because he fights mad. He has no sense of timing nor distance. He gets countered so easily. Please, anyone with eyes and no bias, watch the Gomi fight and tell me Diego looked anything more than a D level striker with very average wrestling. Sanchez could be one of the worst strikers in the division.

Sanchez is a tough guy and has some pace. But Melendez is going to eat him alive. He is 5x the striker Sanchez is with better wrestling and better BJJ. And maybe better cardio at this point in their careers. Melendez may not stop him but he should win 30-27 unless judges keep scoring swings and misses, which is all Sanchez does.
I agree with you for the most part, I actually think Diego's win over Joe Riggs is the worst thing that happened to his career. He started to think he can strike and neglected to improve his average wrestling. Now he can't take or hold guys down.

I agree that his cardio wasn't an issue in the Gomi fight, but I still think something was wrong. Even if his striking wasn't very good in the first place, he doesn't fight that tentatively. Actually, if you fast forward to the one time where he actually goes into berserk mode in that fight, Gomi backs up against the fence and covers up, but then Diego followed this up by backing off again and fighting tentatively some more. I can't imagine him being afraid of Gomi's power because the one thing that Sanchez has going for him is that he is a tank and can take punches from even the hardest hitting welterweights, let alone lightweights. Overall, Gomi probably has better striking than Sanchez, but I had no doubts in my mind that Diego could weather the storm and manage to keep Gomi backed up against the cage with that pace of his (and he did the one time Sanchez looked like himself) up until Gomi gasses and probably gets finished or at the very least lose a decision. That's not what happened though, and Sanchez looked gun shy the entire time. Weird fight.

But yeah, overall I agree with you and it saddens me. The few things Sanchez has though are his pace, conditioning, and durability. The guy is so incredibly tough and that toughness has carried him for a while. That's why I can't help but be a fan, no matter how much he continues to decline.

Gilbert Melendez is a bad match up for him either way. If he loses, I'm not going to hold it against him as long as he doesn't look completely terrible. If he wins however, I'm going to be pretty happy.

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FOTN Melendez wins in the 3rd via TKO GNP.


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Sanchez will make it interesting (by taking a beating like we all know he can) but ultimately it'll be pretty one sided. The stare downs and opening seconds of the first round will be awesome.
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Melendez opened at -380 and jumped quickly to -530.
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post #38 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 08:39 PM
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At first I thought Melendez would wreck Sanchez, now I think about it more I can see a close decision between the two. Still swaying towards Melendez though.
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Sanchez needs to go work on his ground game. What he did to Jake Ellenberg in the 3rd round is what we need more of.
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