Sanchez: I’m the longest-lasting, last man standing, meme that
At the UFC 228 ceremonial weigh-ins, Craig White attempted to disrespect Diego Sanchez kissing him on the nose. A similar incident occurred on New Year's Eve at K-1 Premium Dynamite!! in 2005, and Heath Herring responded with a hook, causing a fracture in one Yoshihiro Nakao's vertebrae, or so it was claimed.
This time UFC president Dana White darted between the pair before Sanchez could react.
Sanchez defeated White by Unanimous Decision and post-fight was was all positivity.
“I was like, honestly? He did me a favor,” said Sanchez, as transcribed by Ben Fowlkes for MMAjunkie. “After all the fights I’ve been in, the KO losses, the injuries, the knee injuries, Marcin Held was trying to rip my leg off and left me with a knee injury, the hand injury, all these injuries that come with it. And the brain injuries are the worst. Getting cracked in the nose by Joe Lauzon and breaking my nose. I realized this is the sport of war. So sportsmanship, it doesn’t really apply to this sport. We’re warriors. And you have to have in your mind’s-eye intention that I’m going out there to hurt this man.”
Part of Sanchez's new understanding comes from new teammate 'Platinum' Mike Perry.
“That savage killer, I was like, you know maybe that’s why God brought (Perry) on the team, because I needed to let that savage killer, the real ‘Nightmare,’ back out,” said Sanchez. “ … This isn’t about shaking hands. This isn’t about showing respect. This isn’t about being friends. This isn’t about being the most respectful. This is about being the most vicious killer that you can in your mind, in your heart, in your training.”
“The reason that I have been able to stick around so long in this sport is because I am an adaptive man. I am able to adapt.”
"Mike Swick was like, ‘Diego, I tried so hard to be the last man standing. But you got me. You’re the last man standing.’ He gave me my props. I said, ‘yes I am. I’m the longest-lasting, last man standing. And you can put that on a meme.”