By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Diego Sanchez has had an injury plagued year after having to be removed from a late 2011 match up with Matt Hughes and nearly having to pull out of this week's main event at UFC on Fuel against Jake Ellenberger.
The UFC vet fought and loss a decision to Ellenberger Wednesday night and following the fight, gave details on an injured ankle that hampered his performance:
“I had a lot of obstacles to overcome coming into this fight. I really severely sprained my ankle three weeks before the fight. I had pulled out of the Matt Hughes fight with a broken hand and I got a family to take care of. I refused to pull out of the fight and I just did what I could do. I iced it, I elevated it, I taped it, trained as much as I could and came into the fight and I went to battle. It wasn't that [the ankle] bothered me, it was okay, I had an ankle brace on it and a little tape, but I didn't have the proper training I could have had if I would have been at 100-percent. I didn't get a run, I didn't get a sprint. I couldn't even jump rope. I basically just had to work around the injury and do what I could do and prepare and I came in as the best possible Sanchez I could be. I gave it my all and I came close to getting it there at the end.”
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