Diego Sanchez is looking to start afresh by dropping down to the featherweight division for the first time this coming weekend at UFC Fight Night 78 in Mexico, but even before he steps into the Octagon he’s facing a big fight just to make weight.

Speaking to MMAjunkie yesterday, the 33 year-old Sanchez admitted that the cut has been one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do, though he says he’s approached this challenge the right way by taking a full five months just to prepare for it.

However, stating that, “I’m hungry in my stomach, I’m hungry in my heart, and I’m hungry in my wallet,” the hardest work may still be to come wo has 12lbs left to cut before the weigh-ins on Friday before he gets to refuel his boiler and go on to fight former 145lb title challenger Ricardo Lamas on Saturday.

It’s going to be tough, but one thing we know for sure is that few fighters are willing to dig as deep as the original winner of The Ultimate Fighter has been forced to at times in his career and there’s nothing he relishes more than a hard fight.

Watch Sanchez’s full interview below.

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