Diego Sanchez
Nightmare

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Bailed out by DQ win
WelterweightUFC
February 15, 2020
Sanchez defeated Michel Pereira via disqualification (illegal knee) at 3:09 of Round 3 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Sanchez came out with a somersault-style attack reminiscent of the style of Pereira, almost as if he were mocking the young Brazilian's antics. When the fight got going, however, it was Pereira who controlled the center of the Octagon and used his reach edge to his advantage, landing the more effective shots. Sanchez survived the second round, but never truly seemed to put Pereira in any real danger. He ate several knees and was even taken down in the round's closing moments. Pereira started to turn up the heat in Round 3 in search of a finish, landing multiple knees in a row that looked like they were about to end Sanchez's night. However, the last of those knees occurred while Sanchez was considered a grounded opponent, which forced the doctor to step in. Sanchez elected not to continue despite getting clearance, as his vision was affected due to blood dripping into his eyes. Fight fans will be surprised to see this from a fighter like Sanchez who is always willing to put his body on the line, but he'll walk away with a victory (and win bonus) nonetheless.
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Hit with retroactive suspension
WelterweightUFC
January 31, 2020
Sanchez was hit with a three-month suspension for failing a drug test Friday, but the suspension was backdated and has already been completed, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Sanchez tested positive for ostarine and S-23 on Dec. 12, but his exposure to the substances was revealed to have started on Oct. 26, the date his suspension was retroactively applied to. The violation was deemed to be the result of a contaminated substance, so Sanchez received a lenient suspension of just three months, a period which has already expired. The punishment will have no bearing on his scheduled match against Michel Pereira at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Booked against Michel Pereira
WelterweightUFC
December 4, 2019
Sanchez will take on Michel Pereira in a welterweight bout at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
ANALYSIS
Sanchez was dominated in his fight against Michael Chiesa at UFC 239 in July, losing via unanimous decision. The 38-year-old will get a chance to rebound against Pereira, who lost his most recent fight to Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision at UFC Vancouver in September, which brought his UFC record to 1-1. Pereira carries slight advantages in height and reach, although Sanchez has been difficult to take down in the past as a result of his toughness.
No-shows loss to Michael Chiesa
WelterweightUFC
July 6, 2019
Sanchez lost to Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's difficult to remember a fight in which Diego was dominated to this extent. Sure, he eats a ton of shots most every time out, but he usually lands his fair share as well. Not in this one. Sanchez found himself on his back moments after the bell rang to begin each round and he was unable to recover in each instance. Diego is still capable of pulling an upset here and there because of his toughness, but the UFC really needs to be careful regarding who they match him up against moving forward. You know Sanchez isn't going to turn down any fight willingly.
Announces departure from JacksonWink
WelterweightUFC
June 26, 2019
Sanchez told reporters during Tuesday's media day that he has left JacksonWink MMA ahead of his UFC 239 fight against Michael Chiesa, https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1143864639320666112">MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Sanchez insists there is no love lost, he told reporters that he was no longer learning and growing as a martial artist at his long-time camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. JacksonWink has long been one of the most esteemed camps in the industry, and currently has two fighters -- Jon Jones and Holly Holm -- fighting for or defending titles at UFC 239, where Sanchez is scheduled to fight Chiesa on the pay-per-view portion of the card. In that sense, it's understandable that Sanchez feels he wasn't getting the attention he deserved as a 32-fight veteran of the UFC. Instead, the future hall-of-famer elected to hitch up with trainer Josh Fabia, according to BJPenn.com. Riding a two-fight winning streak, Sanchez currently sits as a hefty +285 underdog against Chiesa, who represents a step up in competition. Chiesa has height and reach advantages, and is an equally-formidable grappler. Sanchez, of course, will look to turn this one into a brawl.
Facing Michael Chiesa at UFC 239
WelterweightUFC
June 24, 2019
Sanchez (29-11-0) is scheduled to fight Michael Chiesa (15-4-0) at UFC 239 in Las Vegas on July 6, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The bout will be one of five fights on the pay-per-view card and features two alumni of "The Ultimate Fighter." Sanchez, the series' inaugural winner, has won his last two fights, most recently taking down Mickey Gall in March on a second-round TKO.