UFC President Dana White discussed the fight of the year candidate bout between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez last night at the UFC 166 post fight conference and gave his thoughts on the two during the question period:
“Diego’s been out for a while with injuries, and everybody’s been questioning whether Diego belongs in the division, and is he still here. He comes right in and fights the No. 2 guy in the world. Diego Sanchez is never out of any fight. One of the things that I love when we talk about Mexican fighters … that was a Mexican world war in there tonight. These are two guys that keep moving forward and don’t stop swinging.”
White also gave hint towards a possible title shot in Melendez’ future.
“It’s very fortunate for him that Pettis won, because he just came off a title shot against Henderson. Now that Pettis is the champ, he’s definitely right back in the mix.”
White also talked about going into the cage following the fight to congratulate the fighters:
“I was like, ‘Oh hell ya, I’m going in there.’ In the 13 years since of being in this company, we’ve seen some amazing fights; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight like that,” White said. “The fight was insane.”