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Old 09-23-2007, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC Quick Quote: Diego Sanchez on move to lightweight

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“I feel that he beat me fair and square. I was close, but close isn’t close enough. All fighters go through losses, I’m just going to have to come back stronger. I’m contemplating in my mind if I’m going to drop to (1)55 or not, because I’m a smaller welterweight. I could do more powerlifting and put some more weight on or I could lose some weight.”
– UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez (via Yahoo!Sports) talks about moving down to the lightweight division (155 pounds) after his split decision loss to Jon Fitch at UFC 76: “Knockout” on September 22. It is the second consecutive loss for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one middleweight winner.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesing. I don't know what Diego is cutting down from, but he seems like the type of guy that could put his mind to it and make the weight. He would be a beast at 155, but regardless, it would be a puss option.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Prolly not a bad idea for Sanchez. There was some positives to take from the fight...he had some great submission attempts and almost had the guillotine.

But ya could tell Fitch was the stronger man, and yeah Fitch definetly won.

Sanchez at LW sounds sweet....man that division becomes more stacked everyday! Its crazy in that division.
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I fail to see how moving to a very stacked lightweight division filled with bad ass fighters is a puss decision. Anyways, it probably would be the right move for Diego right now.
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I fail to see how moving to a very stacked lightweight division filled with bad ass fighters is a puss decision. Anyways, it probably would be the right move for Diego right now.
Because the only reason he is moving down is because he has lost twice at Welterweight. Not because of size(well maybe a bit in the Fitch fight) but because he got beaten. Sanchez is a perfect WW, and cutting to LW is just like Swick cutting to 170 etc.
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From what I understand, he never really cuts much in the way of weight before a match, which allows him to be more at ease during matches and able to push the pace. So he's one of the lighter 170's in terms of muscle mass, and I think he truly realized it fighting Fitch, who is pretty big for WW.

I think he'd be better at 155.
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I don't know how he would be able to cut 20lbs, his frame seems to fit 175 real good, I think he would lose muscle mass to get down to l/w or have to be severly de-hydrated to make 155lbs. I just think the ww's are getting so huge now and its easier to cut 20lbs if you walk around at 190 or so and cut to 175 to make ww than it would be 175 down to 155. I think Diego will always have a hard time at 175 but he should stay at ww, he's young and has lots to learn, Fitch in no way dominated him and I feel if the fight went to five rounds Diego would have eventually sub'd him.
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Everyone was all on board for Bisping to move down so I don't see why it's any different with Sanchez or Swick. Bisping might not have lost two fights in a row, but you know he has it in his mind that he is smaller that the other LHW and the talent is to much for him right now in that division. He couldn't handle Hamill, so you know he couldn't handle Rampage. If a fighter feels they can make the weight cut and do a better job in a lighter weight class then what is the problem. If anything we see much more entertaining fights out of him in the LW division than the WW and thats just hard to believe.
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