Diego Sanchez has a very thrilling preventing model. The Nightmare is at all times intent on ending the struggle, and pays little heed to the fee, like getting hit. He was by no means knocked out in his first 34 fights, however at UFC 200, Joe Lauzon dropped him in 86 seconds. Sanchez rebounded with a win over Marcin Held, however at UFC Struggle Night time 108, he misplaced once more by way of KO, this time in 98 seconds. Then Matt Brown knocked him out at UFC Struggle Night time 120 on November 11, 2017 in Spherical 1t.
Quite a lot of followers and fellow fighters expressed hope that at 36, he would give retiring some consideration. That’s not occurring.
Forward of his struggle Saturday evening at UFC 228 vs. Craig White, Sanchez stated his profession was in a rebirth.
“The considered after preventing isn’t right here on this thoughts the best way it’s in these different fighters,” stated Sanchez in an interview for MMAjunkie as transcribed by Mike Bohn. “That’s why they’ve all got here and gone, that’s why they’ve all opened up gyms and grow to be businessmen and gone on to different careers. In my thoughts that’s by no means been an possibility. Plan A was the one approach. There wasn’t a Plan B as a result of Plan A is the one approach. My imaginative and prescient and my focus was Plan A. There could also be a variety of distractions alongside the highway. I’ve hit some distractions, and I’ve additionally hit some failures. There’s been some actual bumps within the highway.
“It’s not simple. It’s not simple to maintain your dream alive. It’s not. There was some extent the place I even misplaced it. I stated, ‘You already know, perhaps I can’t grow to be UFC champion. Let’s be like ‘Cowboy’ [Cerrone] and simply struggle as many fights as we are able to and make as a lot good cash as we are able to whereas we are able to.’ However the hearth in my coronary heart, it by no means died for that UFC championship belt. It simply died down.”
“I don’t care what the keyboard warriors of the world should say – ‘Oh, he’s punch drunk and he’s mind useless and please retire.’ They are saying, ‘Please retire, Diego. Please retire.’ As a result of they need me to be common like them. They need me to fall into that textbook of regular, normalcy. That’s not me. I’m the anomaly to that textbook. I’m the best way, approach approach, outdoors the field bizarre man that’s freakin’ like an alien. ‘This man’s an alien, he’s like The Iceman Wim Hof. At 52 years previous operating marathons within the desert with out a drip of water. Breaking Guinness World Information.’ That’s the kind of mindset that I’m on. I’m tapping into my primitive mind. I’m on some next-level thoughts, physique, spirit.”
“Proper now at this level in my profession, I really feel and I do know the place I belong. I don’t belong at 155. There’s a cause I didn’t win that belt towards B.J. Penn. That was not my future to win that belt at UFC 107. Now’s the time of the rebirth of Diego Sanchez. It looks like an actual lengthy shot as a result of it’s a lengthy shot. It’s just like the Michael Bisping story, however it’s not the Michael Bisping story. It’s the Diego story. This long-shot story is a narrative that claims, ‘I ain’t ever giving up.’ I’m not going to stop.
“I’m simply nonetheless getting higher. I’m getting higher and higher and higher and higher. The loopy factor is I’m so wholesome proper now. My thoughts is wholesome, my physique is wholesome. I’m wholesome all the best way round, and I really feel nice. For this preventing stuff I’m simply going to do what God put me right here to do. I’m a warrior, I’m a fighter. Nobody is aware of how lengthy they’ve stay. Nobody is aware of what’s going to occur of their life, in the event that they’re going to get most cancers, in the event that they’re going to get hit by a truck, or a practice like Matt Hughes. Nobody is aware of when is the following day, however for me, I’m going to proceed to do what I really like and I’m dwelling for this. I’m dwelling for this dream that’s in my coronary heart, and in the long run it will likely be like a Michael Bisping story the place God will get all of the glory in the long run.”
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