Diego Sanchez’ return to the welterweight division was almost short-lived when he unexpectedly lost to John Hathaway last May.
At first that appeared to indicate that Sanchez was now better off at 155lbs, but one final fight at 170lbs changed all that, as he looked back in form with a convincing victory over Paulo Thiago.
Immediately following that fight Sanchez still seemed undecided on which division he was better suited too, but apparently in the months following the win, he’s made a definitive decision to stick at welterweight.
Back at Greg Jackson’s camp, Sanchez has been working hard to pack muscle onto his frame, and is now walking around at close to 190lbs as he gets set to cut weight on Friday.
“In my last fight I was really prepared, I worked hard, but I wasn’t physically strong,” he tells MMAfighting. “That’s something that you have to have at welterweight. Be physically strong. It’s something I really worked at it in this training camp. I think the fans will be real surprised when they see the way I look, the way I feel, and how I impose my will with my physical strength.”
That should help him to make an impact in the division, but at the same time the weight gain effectively shuts the door on him returning to lightweight in the future.
“The options are closed for me to ever go down to 155 again,” he admits.
Personally I feel he was better suited to making an impact at lightweight, but I’m curious to see how he performs with his new, improved physique.
To be fair, hee’s said all along that he feels that 170lbs is his ‘home’ and he certainly helps inject some much needed life into the division, particularly at a time when current champion GSP may be looking to move up in weight himself.