Sanchez: I can beat Pettis


Diego Sanchez made it to a lightweight title in 2009, losing to BJ Penn. Now back at lightweight and scheduled against the last number one contender, Sanchez is confident not only will he beat Melendez, but that he has what it takes to dethrone currently champion Anthony Pettis:

"I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis," Sanchez told "We're a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style."

Not many fighters are eager to call out Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) after he ran the gauntlet in the UFC's 155-pound weight class before submitting and taking the belt from Benson Henderson in August. Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is one of the few willing to publicly say he has what it takes to dethrone "Showtime," specifically due to his grappling skills, which he considers to be underrated.

"I'm a very good wrestler, and I'm a better grappler than I am a wrestler," Sanchez said. "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."

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goldenboyart site profile image  

10/17/13 11:50 AM by goldenboyart

Remember when Diego just tossed away his style of fighting and came out with that 1890's fighter stance?I forgot which fight this was but it reminded me of the Cowardly Lion saying "Come on, Put em' up, Put em' up".Diego is a beast and has heart for days and days. I LOVED when he beat the ever loving shit out of Karo. that was an awesome fight. Another good fight was Clay Guida. But I still have Diego picture with his upright stance and his arms up with his PALMS facing directly to his face.Fighting like Gentleman Billy Bob, or whoever, LOL.Funny stuff.

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10/17/13 11:34 AM by goldenboyart

It really is TRUE what they say about you. You are one of the biggest "recently joined" TROLLS here on the UG.

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10/17/13 11:31 AM by goldenboyart

Good stuff Crowbar, LOL. I owe you a VU next chance I get. How in the world did you know a song like this even existed. Hilarious and you nailed it.

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10/17/13 10:54 AM by greentrousers

i'm glad to hear this from diego. i thought melendez was just going to walk right through him but now i see this is motivated diego stepping in. i think melendez is still going to take it but now its going to be a great fight.

ManWithTheIronFists site profile image  

10/17/13 5:33 AM by ManWithTheIronFists

Was Sanchez wearing leopard print spandex pants on Countdown to UFC 166?

flipmode site profile image  

10/17/13 5:06 AM by flipmode

Pro fighters who train with him? lol

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10/17/13 5:05 AM by flipmode

no chance

glassjaw site profile image  

10/16/13 6:56 PM by glassjaw

LOL not without a weapon

hammerhurler site profile image  

10/16/13 6:54 PM by hammerhurler

Hahahahahaha! Good one, LOL!

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10/16/13 5:52 PM by caseharts

Ya okay...