Diego Sanchez


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 7/1/2021
Dropped by UFC
April 30, 2021
Sanchez had his contract terminated by the UFC on Friday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
The 39-year-old was scheduled to face Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night on May 8, but the former was recently pulled from the bout for previously undisclosed reasons. UFC president Dana White said Sanchez and his team were unwilling to ensure the veteran fighter's health wasn't compromised while processing medicals, leading to his removal from the card and termination from the promotion. Sanchez has been with the promotion since winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, but he'll need to fight elsewhere if he plans to continue his career.
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Out of May 8 card
April 28, 2021
Sanchez has withdrawn from his fight against Donald Cerrone on May 8 due to an undisclosed reason, C. Contreras Legaspi of the Peleando podcast reports.
It's not clear why Sanchez had to pull out, but the UFC is still hoping to find Cerrone a replacement on the May 8 card. This was supposed to be Sanchez's final fight and he wanted it to be Cerrone, so we'll have to see what comes next for the 39-year-old.
Picks Cowboy as final fight
February 4, 2021
Sanchez is scheduled to face Donald Cerrone in a welterweight matchup at the UFC's event on May 8, MMAFighting.com reports.
Sanchez has already announced that his next fight will be his last, and for an opponent he'll get his 38-year-old former training partner. Cerrone made his UFC debut back in 2006, while Sanchez logged his first bout in the Octagon back in 2005.
Preparing to wrap up career
January 11, 2021
Sanchez announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that he'll end his professional fighting career after his next bout, which has yet to be scheduled.
The 39-year-old indicated that he'll leave it up to UFC president Dana White to decide whom Sanchez matches up against in his farewell fight. Sanchez has been a mainstay in the promotion since winning the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2005, racking up a 19-13-0 record in the UFC to bring his overall MMA record to 30-13-0. As a testament to his toughness and longevity, Sanchez has absorbed 1,431 confirmed head strikes during his UFC career, the second-most in the promotion's history behind only B.J. Penn (1,434).
Not competitive at UFC 253
September 26, 2020
Sanchez lost to Jake Matthews via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Really, the only positive thing you can say about Sanchez's performance is that he survived to see the final bell. Hopelessly outclassed by Matthews in every facet of the sport, Diego was consistently picked apart on the feet, in addition to generating next to no offense throughout the course of the fight. This has been par for the course for Sanchez for the past several years. All things considered, it's nothing short of a minor miracle that Diego is 3-4 in his past seven fights dating back to April 2017. If Sanchez isn't willing to step aside on his own, it's probably time for Dana White to step in. Diego's toughness has never been in question (nor will it ever be), but Sanchez will be turning 39 years old on New Year's Eve and his body is simply breaking down due to all the wars he has been in over the years.
Fighting Matthews in September
August 18, 2020
Sanchez will take on Jake Matthews in a welterweight matchup at UFC 253 on September 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
Sanchez will be making his return after getting a DQ victory over Michel Pereira back in February. Despite being at the tail end of his career, Sanchez has managed to put up a 3-1 record in his last four fights. Matthews has also been hot, winning five of his last six fights after taking a decision from Emil Meek in February. Sanchez will give up an inch in both height and reach to Matthews, who is over a decade younger. Matthews also has superior statistical marks in striking offense, striking defense, takedown average and takedown defense.