When the announcement was made that perennial Top 10 welterweight Diego Sanchez was making a move to lightweight just about every fighter at 155 pounds took immediate notice. From top contenders on down, Sanchez is gunning for the best fighters in the world at lightweight, but as he told MMAWeekly Radio recently, his run at 170 isn't finished either.
Always known for his tremendous strength and cardio conditioning, Sanchez will not accept a loss in either of those categories for his move to lightweight, which may not last as long as some people may have expected.
"I definitely am going to go back to welterweight. Maybe a year, year and a half at this weight, we'll see," he said in the interview. "It's all about the business and the right fights, whatever are the best fights for the UFC. I'm here to put the best fights on for the fans and the UFC, and be the best fighter out there that I can be for you guys."
The New Mexico born fighter attributes the move to lightweight as something he felt necessary at this point in his career, but as he ages, he believes that 170 will be his home once again.
"I'm 27 now, so I'm only in my twenties. When I come into my thirties it's going to be a lot harder to make that weight drop, so I said hey go for the belt at 155 and then later on in my career, I can go for the belt at 170," commented Sanchez.
Working in Lake Tahoe with his camp, he is confident that he will make the 155-pound weight limit with no problem. He's already walking around at a comfortable size ready to make the cut.
"There's no practice run for me. Time is ticking. I started at like 190 at the beginning of the year, and I've just lived very disciplined," stated Sanchez. "(The) first 10 pounds came off easy, second 10 pounds not as easy, and now I'm weighing 166, so I'm about 11 pounds over, fully hydrated. That's before I work out; I'm about 166. I get down to about 163, 162½ after the workout, so I'm at where I need to be in my mind."
For the time being his home is the lightweight division and despite the weight loss, the "Ultimate Fighter" season 1 winner is ready to tackle the world.
"I've never felt better in my life," he said about the weight cut.
Sanchez will close out his camp this week before heading to London to face Joe Stevenson in the main event of UFC 95.