Diego Sanchez
Nightmare

USA

No-shows loss to Michael Chiesa
WelterweightUFC
July 6, 2019
Sanchez lost to Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's difficult to remember a fight in which Diego was dominated to this extent. Sure, he eats a ton of shots most every time out, but he usually lands his fair share as well. Not in this one. Sanchez found himself on his back moments after the bell rang to begin each round and he was unable to recover in each instance. Diego is still capable of pulling an upset here and there because of his toughness, but the UFC really needs to be careful regarding who they match him up against moving forward. You know Sanchez isn't going to turn down any fight willingly.
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Announces departure from JacksonWink
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June 26, 2019
Sanchez told reporters during Tuesday's media day that he has left JacksonWink MMA ahead of his UFC 239 fight against Michael Chiesa, https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1143864639320666112">MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Sanchez insists there is no love lost, he told reporters that he was no longer learning and growing as a martial artist at his long-time camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. JacksonWink has long been one of the most esteemed camps in the industry, and currently has two fighters -- Jon Jones and Holly Holm -- fighting for or defending titles at UFC 239, where Sanchez is scheduled to fight Chiesa on the pay-per-view portion of the card. In that sense, it's understandable that Sanchez feels he wasn't getting the attention he deserved as a 32-fight veteran of the UFC. Instead, the future hall-of-famer elected to hitch up with trainer Josh Fabia, according to BJPenn.com. Riding a two-fight winning streak, Sanchez currently sits as a hefty +285 underdog against Chiesa, who represents a step up in competition. Chiesa has height and reach advantages, and is an equally-formidable grappler. Sanchez, of course, will look to turn this one into a brawl.
Facing Michael Chiesa at UFC 239
WelterweightUFC
June 24, 2019
Sanchez (29-11-0) is scheduled to fight Michael Chiesa (15-4-0) at UFC 239 in Las Vegas on July 6, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The bout will be one of five fights on the pay-per-view card and features two alumni of "The Ultimate Fighter." Sanchez, the series' inaugural winner, has won his last two fights, most recently taking down Mickey Gall in March on a second-round TKO.
Earns first stoppage win since 2008
WelterweightUFC
March 2, 2019
Sanchez defeated Mickey Gall via TKO (punches) at 4:13 of Round 2 at UFC 235 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Okay, be honest, who could have seen that coming? The stoppage victory was Sanchez's first in nearly 11 years (June 2008, a span of 19 fights). The win aside, this was Diego's most impressive performance in seemingly forever. He outworked the younger Gall on the mat and looked like the considerably more comfortable fighter in what turned into a physical brawl. Given Diego's struggles in recent years, this has the look of a fluke, but there's no doubt that Sanchez remains tough enough and determined enough to pull off an upset if his opposition takes him lightly. That's what Gall did on Saturday. Diego turned 37 years old on New Year's Eve.
Taking on Mickey Gall in March
WelterweightUFC
December 14, 2018
Sanchez will face Mickey Gall in a welterweight match at UFC 235 on March 2.
ANALYSIS
Sanchez bounced back from two straight first-round knockout defeats to top Craig White by unanimous decision at UFC 228 in September. The result brought his career record as a professional to 28-11, though he's just 4-6 over his last 10 fights. The 36-year-old will face an opponent a decade his junior in Gall. Gall is 5-1 as a professional, forcing George Sullivan to submit just 1:09 into his previous match at UFC Fight Night 135 in August.
Demolishes Craig White at UFC 228
WelterweightUFC
September 8, 2018
Sanchez defeated Craig White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Sanchez is reportedly nearing the end of his career. It certainly did not seem like it in this fight. He scored a takedown early in all three rounds and landed heavy ground and pound. White was entirely defensive. His only offense was the occasional up-kick attempt when Sanchez tried to pass. If Sanchez can get to the top position, he came be successful.