Former UFC lightweight contender Diego Sanchez has an opportunity to get right back in the mix on Saturday night with a win over former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. If Sanchez can beat Melendez, he will obviously feel that he deserves a crack at current 155-pound king Anthony Pettis, but he also feels that he has what it takes to take down the champ.
Sanchez’s aggressive style, size and grappling allow him to be that he is a nightmare match up for Pettis and he voiced that belief in a recent interview.
“I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis,” Sanchez said, via MMAjunkie.com. “We’re a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style.”
“I’m a very good wrestler, and I’m a better grappler than I am a wrestler. I feel I’m the best grappler in the division at 155 (pounds), and with my size advantage, I feel there’s not a guy that I can’t take down in that division. So it just comes down to being sharp in my striking and being ready to make a fight a fight.”
It would be interesting to see someone like Sanchez take on Pettis, but in no way would anyone be considering him the favorite.
If he could make it a dog fight and wear down the champ, he would have a legitimate shot at winning the belt. However, Pettis would likely keep it at a distance and pick Sanchez apart with his striking. If the fight went to the mat, Pettis’ slick bottom game could allow him to pull off the submission win.
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