Diego Sanchez wants return to lightweight, bout with Pettis

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

“I’m probably going to be going down to 155 for the next fight,” he said. “And there are some possible opponents I’m looking at.”

Sanchez has been on the mend since his UFC on FUEL TV 1 loss to Jake Ellenberger in February. After two years of dealing with a torn labrum, he decided to go under the knife and is now on the mend following successful surgery.

The time off has given him plenty of time to think about his immediate future.

“We’ll see where I end up, but I’m still kind of a lighter welterweight,” he said. “I really try to lift weights, but the shoulder injury sort of set me back. As I heal up, my body’s going to get a little smaller, so I might just go down to 155.”

Like Sanchez, Pettis recently underwent shoulder surgery.

“We’ll be recovering about the same time,” Sanchez said. “I think he got the same surgery as me, so it’d be an event playing field. I told Dana I really liked that fight.

“I want to fight a guy who’s a fan favorite and who has a lot of fans and is a big draw. It’d make us both better, the sport better. Plus, the guy has a win over the champ, so that’d bump me up right to the top (of the division).”

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