Diego Sanchez Announces Return To Lightweight Division

Feb 15, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Jake Ellenberger (not pictured) fights with Diego Sanchez in the main event during UFC on Fuel TV 1 at Omaha Civic Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports

The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Diego Sanchez announced on Twitter that he will be making a return to lightweight, where he earned a title shot at then title holder BJ Penn’s 155-pound belt.

Sanchez had previously hinted that he would be making the drop down to lightweight back in August.

“I went over it with Greg Jackson and my coaches, and, it just makes sense,” Sanchez said. ”Everyone’s dropping weight. When I saw [Nate] Marquardt fight at 170, I was like, this guy’s a monster. He’s huge, he’s strong, he’s in shape.

“I’m just not that physically big, so I was like, I better do what I have to do, get down to 155, be where I’m going to have the most leverage, strength, speed, the best technique. And also on top of that have less injuries training with smaller guys, less weight, less load on the knees. Its a smarter decision toward the end of my career.”

He then made it clear that he will be making his return to the octagon soon.

Multiple signs have pointed towards Sanchez’s next fight will be on March 3rd in Japan against Japanese super star Takanori Gomi. If the fight is signed, it would be a treat for fans of mixed martial arts as two exciting fighters will go toe to toe in the center of the cage.

Topics: Diego Sanchez, MMA, UFC

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