Prior to his fight with Paulo Thiago in the welterweight division on Saturday night Diego Sanchez had stated that it was his intention to head back down to the lightweight division.
Sanchez appeared to rediscover his 170lb mojo half-way through the fight though to secure a dominant decision win, and now his immediate future has become a little less clear again.
At the post-fight press conference Sanchez noted that his main concern was to get another, “good tough opponent,” regardless of his weight class.
Interestingly Dana White had his own thoughts on where the TUF season 1 winner should be fighting.
“I like Diego at 170lbs,” White told reporters, adding, “Personally I think he looks better at 170 rather than 155.”
The UFC president did however stress that the final decision would be up to the fighter himself and his coaches.
I’ve got to say I disagree with Dana here. Sanchez was able to outwork Thiago eventually, but he struggled in the first round and I think he should take that as a sign that he’s making the right decision by moving back down to 155lbs.
I just don’t see him stacking up well with the GSP’s and Jon Fitch’s of the 170lb division who can outwrestle and outsize him while matching his cardio levels.
I think he’ll make more headway at lightweight, and bear in mind that despite a poor performance against BJ Penn, in his first two fights at that weight class last year he claimed a ‘Fight Of The Night’ and ‘Fight Of The Year’ award.