Diego Sanchez was on cloud nine backstage after his hard-fought win over Martin Kampmann at UFC On Versus 3 last night.
“You know what, I’m feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war, you know what I mean? A lot of UFC fighters, we dream about going in there and finishing a fight in the first round, but it’s the fights like I had tonight that, when you’re an old man, you’re like, “Yeah! Yeah, that was a war! When I’m like 65 I can call Martin Kampmann and be like, ‘Remember when we threw those hooks in the ring?
“Those are the wars and the one’s you don’t forget. Whether you’re cut or, you know, you don’t forget these no matter what, and they’re fun.”
Sanchez showed incredible guts and determination to continue to battle on despite having one eye swollen shut and his face being bathed in blood from numerous cuts sustained at the hands of Kampmann.
According to Sanchez having tunnel vision and turning the fight into a brawl was what drove him forward to victory.
“The whole fight all I was thinking was, ‘It’s gonna land, it’s gonna land, it’s gonna land.’ I was planning on landing that right hook and dropping him…
It landed a couple of times but he didn’t drop. When it all comes down to it I kinda threw the gameplan out the window and made it a street fight, and that’s what I did honestly.”
Judging by the damage he sustained during the fight Sanchez could be out for some time healing from this encounter, but he’s keeping a positive outlook on what comes next.
“I promise I’m going to have a very fast recovery. Jesus Christ is going to heal me. I’mma be back in the Octagon soon.”
Meanwhile he can enjoy not only a win, but also a bumper ‘Fight Of The Night’ payment. In the aftermath of the event Dana White awarded both Sanchez and Kampmann a record $160,000 bonus each for their showstopping performance.