DFW: 'I don't think Diego belongs at 170'

by Damon Martin | source: mmaweekly.com

Following a loss to B.J. Penn in December, Sanchez quickly made the announcement that he would be moving back up to 170-pounds for his next fight. He was matched up with British fighter John Hathaway,  who cracked Sanchez all night long,  while also shrugging off takedown attempts.

Dana White commented on the situation.

"I'm not his manager, but I think he should stay at 55. Listen, this loss to B.J. Penn doesn't mean you go back up to 170, it means you stay at 55 and do what Kenny Florian did. Stay in there and you keep grinding it out, keep beating the top guys, and you get back in line and you work your way back to the top again," said White.

"Diego does not look good at 170."

"I don't think Diego belongs at 170. It's easier to be at 170; he looked soft tonight. "I stay out of that, that's up to those guys."

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Grakman site profile image  

6/3/10 1:43 AM by Grakman

^ I was just gonna say, didn't he spend a lot of training his 'stand up' already?

GC111 site profile image  

6/3/10 1:37 AM by GC111

diego's trained with de la hoya for a while, maybe mma boxing is that much different. Could mean bad things for Roach/GSP

stdigg site profile image  

6/3/10 12:37 AM by stdigg

I think Diego is one of those people who gets worse as he works on his skills. He used to be a raw ground-n-pounder who was good in the scramble. He grinded out wins over Nick Diaz, and Karo Parisyan. Now he's just a sub-par boxer.

Nicknitro site profile image  

6/3/10 12:33 AM by Nicknitro

Diego was a damn good prospect too. He had great wrestling, submissions and ground control.Not sure when thinks went sour for him.

TitosHugeGordita site profile image  

6/3/10 12:22 AM by TitosHugeGordita

Who gives a shit what Dana White thinks Diego should be doing? What an egomaniac. Diego will find his own way.

jpm995 site profile image  

6/2/10 12:39 PM by jpm995

......I disagree, his cardio has always been great. He's a tweener but if he can make 155 thats his best chance. He got outclassed at 170 by a guy nobodys heard of. Only Penn tooled him at 155 and Penn tools almost everybody. Plus rematch with Florian would be a co main event. Granted Ken's improved much more than Diego but Diego was much better to start with. He needs a top notch camp with good standup training [ATT] and conditioning coaches and he's top 5 at 155.

Wade Hampel site profile image  

6/2/10 10:49 AM by Wade Hampel

I do not think Diego Sanchez did bad, just the other guy is really really good!

eqard 1  site profile image  

6/1/10 6:16 PM by eqard 1

re4match with diaz and diego would be nice

japetto site profile image  

6/1/10 5:50 PM by japetto

LOL @ "stay[ing] out of that." When the biggest mouth in the sport, and arguably the most power person says something, that's hardly staying out of anything.