Diego Sanchez has revealed that his next fight will be his last as he finally looks to bring his long career to an end.
“It’s my last fight my heart path has changed, it’s time to heal not hurt!” the 39-year-old Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “One more Nightmare to give! It is honestly in @danawhite hands who I fight, I have no choice in it nor do the match makers #endofanera.”
Sanchez’s career already spans more than 18 years and the former TUF Season 1 winner and is tied at No.5 for having the most fights in UFC history (32), competing in four divisions from featherweight to middleweight.
At his peak, Sanchez fought for the lightweight title against BJ Penn in 2009, but in the years since he’s only mustered a 9-10 record.
Nevertheless, Sanchez was for many years a fan-favorite due to his all-action style, but he’s come under criticism for a distinct downturn in his performance, which coincided with abandoning his long-time training camp at Jackson’s MMA in order to be solely coached by self-proclaimed life guru Josh Fabia, whose competency and ability has been widely questioned.
Sanchez did pick up a win in 2020, but only due to his opponent Michel Pereira being disqualified due to an illegal blow in the midst of handing ‘The Nightmare’ a one-sided beating.
Aside from that Sanchez has convincingly lost his other two fights against Michael Chiesa and Jake Matthews and so he’ll now be hoping to turn things around by picking up one last win against an opponent still to be confirmed before he hangs up his gloves for good.