UFC on FUEL TV 8 participant Diego Sanchez scored a controversial split-decision win over Japanese star Takanori Gomi at this weekend’s event at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Following his successful return to the lightweight division, Sanchez announced his wish to fight Nate Diaz in his next bout. The motivation to fight the younger Diaz brother comes from Sanchez’s desire to become the first man to defeat both of the Diaz brothers. Sanchez already has a win over older brother Nick that came in 2005.
“The fight I want right now, and he has a fight lined up, but I want Nate Diaz,” Sanchez said after the event. “I want to be the first one to say I beat both the Diaz brothers. I’ve got the bigger brother on my resume already, so I want to get in there and get the younger brother.
“It’s just a great fight, and that’s who I want to fight.”
Many believe that Sanchez should have come up on the wrong end of a decision in Japan, but the original Ultimate Fighter winner believes that he did everything to earn the win.
“I don’t feel that this victory was given to me; I feel I earned it,” he said. “I went out there and did more damage and got the first round. Takanori Gomi, don’t take anything away from that guy. He’s a legend for a reason. It was the legend version. This was the Japan version of Takanori Gomi. This was Gomi, fighting in in Japan, in front of his people, in front of his crowd. That was the legend that was the PRIDE champion.”
Now, his attention turns to the fiery young kid out of Stockton.
If Sanchez and Diaz are to fight, it won’t be until later this summer. Diaz is currently scheduled to fight Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7 in April. If UFC president Dana White is to give Sanchez his wish, it would be a fight that fans would line up to see.