Diego Sanchez on Pettis: “I feel that’s a fight I Win Nine out of Ten Times”
Despite a recent streak of poor performances, Diego Sanchez still feels like he has something to offer to Pettis and some of the other elites of his division. In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, Diego reflected on some of the more recent fights of his career, and what he feels like he needs to do in order to get back to his winning ways.
“I feel I have everything to offer [Pettis], I just haven’t got to show it yet,” he said. “I’ve shown moments of my greatness, moments in my Paulo Thiago fight, in the Gilbert Melendez fight, in the third round of the Jake Ellenberger, with Martin Kampmann. There’s been a lot of moments, but have I yet to put it together? No…”After the Melendez fight, I was able to realize I need to be a high-level kickboxer and a high-level striker before anything, because the fight starts on the feet. “Yeah, I have a great chin and great conditioning, but I need to be able to strike and be efficient and accurate. So that’s something I’ve finally realized, and I really went to work with my team. But I haven’t been able to show it yet. As far as wrestling and ground skills with Pettis, I think I’m on another level. He has some nice ground skills, too, but I feel like I’m on another level, and (with) size and strength, I feel that’s a fight I win nine out of 10 times.”
Sanchez (24-7, 13-7 UFC), is certainly on a downturn in his career. Since losing a title shot to B.J. Penn in 2009, Sanchez is 3-4, with his wins against Takanori Gomi and Martin Kampman both being highly disputed decisions. He most recently lost a unanimous decision to Myles Jury at UFC 171, where he blamed his poor performance on food poisoning. However, despite the rough stretch, Sanchez has been a consistently exciting fighter, winning “Fight of the Night” honors in four of those bouts. He next fights Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.