Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Diego Sanchez Says Life Went Out Of Control After Loss To BJ Penn

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez has had up and downs over his UFC career since winning the inaugural season and at UFC 135 will attempt to further himself along to a UFC welterweight title shot when he takes on Matt Hughes in Denver, CO.

This week he spoke to MMAWeekly.com about the changes in his path since losing to BJ Penn when the two fought for the UFC Lightweight title and broke down what went wrong for him after that loss and how it effected him:

“I lost control of life. I had just made my biggest payday and I was just down about the loss. That was my dream to become world champion, and it still is. But it was at my fingertips and the way I lost, getting cut, so brutally cut, I was beat up…. I let a person that I thought was a friend, a real close friend, someone that would help me with finances, I had him helping me out with stuff. Turned out I got embezzled for over $170,000. He conned me…. I was sucked into a life of sin. I was smoking weed, I was drinking, partying, and it just really, truly held me back from my potential.”

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