UFC lightweight contender Diego Sanchez set up for a big fight on the pay-per view card of UFC 166 against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, and the former UFC title challenger believes that a win over Melendez could be all that he needs to earn a title shot.
“Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket,” Sanchez said, via MMA Fighting. “I’ve done it before. I fought two fights in 2009 at 155. Straight to the belt.
“(Melendez) has never been stopped. He avenged two of his three losses. His only loss is to Benson Henderson in a split decision that I felt went his way, so in a way I’m fighting a guy who’s almost untainted. And if I go in there, and I stop this guy, I think it makes a real case for a title shot.”
Unfortunately for Sanchez, there are a few men who are just ahead of him on the ladder.
The most obvious person would be T.J. Grant, but throughout the next few months the UFC could have a new 155-pounder emerge. That said, Sanchez could be one or two more wins away from a shot at the title.