UnderGround Forums Why Diego Sanchez gets a pass for taking DQ win

2/16/20 11:15 AM
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At Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 25, Diego Sanchez got beat in every corner of the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd. Then, with less than two minutes to go, opponent Michel Pereira landed an illegal knee on a downed opponent, opening a substantial cut.

There was a break for Sanchez to be examined by a fight doc, who ruled the fighter was physically able to continue. Sanchez then said he couldn't see out of the eye, and asked referee Jason Herzog what would happen if he didn't fight on? Would there be a disqualification? Herzog rightly didn't answer directly, saying he would confer cageside with the New Mexico Athletic Commission.

But Sanchez had his answer, declined to fight, and won. That earned some grumbling from the hardcore MMA fanbase, but Mike Chiappetta for MMA Fighting argues compellingly that he should get a pass.

Sanchez has probably spilled more blood in the Octagon than the rest of last night’s card combined. He’s been a pro for 18 years and has spent 15 of them in the UFC. He is the longest-tenured fighter in UFC history, with 5,425 straight days on the roster. He has the second most nightly bonuses all time. He has earned every dollar and victory he’s ever made.

If you are one of those people inclined to criticize him for taking the easy way out, please reconsider everything he’s already suffered throughout his career, and remember that it was Pereira that created this situation, not Sanchez.?

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Everything seemed hopeless until suddenly, grace was sent his way by way of a careless opponent. That was the silver lining for Sanchez on Saturday. He got a win that was part gifted yet wholly earned in blood. If anyone deserves one of those without explanation or criticism, it’s Sanchez.

2/16/20 11:21 AM
1/1/01
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He gets the paycheck but will he get another right? Had to say he's on a path to be a contender at his age
2/16/20 11:33 AM
12/9/02
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gotta be a bit more careful about what you throw and when you throw it. nothing wrong with taking the dq.

2/16/20 11:35 AM
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You don’t get to use the Morgan freeman meme on your own post that’s pretty ridiculous big boss.

2/16/20 11:37 AM
9/19/13
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The blind bias on this forum is unreal

2/16/20 11:50 AM
8/4/10
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Well said...I agree

 

 

2/16/20 11:58 AM
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Does Diego get show and win money or is he on a flat pay? If it's show and win he just made a financial decision that's all. Left Jackson's, has a gym to pay for, he certainly isn't going to be fighting much longer...he just took the money, can't really blame him.

2/16/20 12:08 PM
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3. If an intentional foul causes a laceration and/or swelling and the bout is allowed to continue, and the injury results in the fight being stopped in any round after 1?2 of the scheduled rounds, plus one (1) second of the fight has been completed, by either
  
another legal or illegal strike, the injured fighter will win by TECHNICAL DECISION if they are ahead on the score cards; and the bout will result in a TECHNICAL DRAW if the injured fighter is behind or even on the score cards.

2/16/20 12:23 PM
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brune90 -


3. If an intentional foul causes a laceration and/or swelling and the bout is allowed to continue, and the injury results in the fight being stopped in any round after 1?2 of the scheduled rounds, plus one (1) second of the fight has been completed, by either
  
another legal or illegal strike, the injured fighter will win by TECHNICAL DECISION if they are ahead on the score cards; and the bout will result in a TECHNICAL DRAW if the injured fighter is behind or even on the score cards.

Yeah, if the fight continues and is later stopped, that's what happens. If the fight is immediately called off without restarting, doesn't apply.

2/16/20 12:31 PM
2/15/06
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The opponent was much bigger and spent a lot of time running away. I didn't mind seeing him take a DQ loss.
2/16/20 12:47 PM
1/14/03
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What are we actually questioning here?

 

His heart? Then you become invalid with ignorant opinions.

 

His toughness? Again, fuck you.

 

His will to fight? You mean the guy who has the longest run of fighting in the UFC? See above.

 

His will to win? Why? He won.

 

The rules? Not on Diego

 

What's the problem?

2/16/20 12:57 PM
12/28/04
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Joe Solis had him 2-0 up. 

2/16/20 1:03 PM
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kungfugrip - He gets the paycheck but will he get another right? Had to say he's on a path to be a contender at his age

Voted up because you said had not hard

2/16/20 1:30 PM
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CreamedByPaige -

What are we actually questioning here?

 

His heart? Then you become invalid with ignorant opinions.

 

His toughness? Again, fuck you.

 

His will to fight? You mean the guy who has the longest run of fighting in the UFC? See above.

 

His will to win? Why? He won.

 

The rules? Not on Diego

 

What's the problem?

hi diego

2/16/20 1:32 PM
12/26/19
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He gets no pass for that. That shit was disgraceful.

2/16/20 1:34 PM
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2/16/20 1:50 PM
3/5/11
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He took the easy route which I never thought he would. He's known to be tough as nail never back down. Instead he shown himself to be the complete opposite 

2/16/20 2:05 PM
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Balls Mahoney - 

You don’t get to use the Morgan freeman meme on your own post that’s pretty ridiculous big boss.


This is America...The man can do whatever he wants
2/16/20 3:05 PM
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Balls Mahoney -

You don’t get to use the Morgan freeman meme on your own post that’s pretty ridiculous big boss.

He’s not using it on his own words.

He’s using it when quoting someone else.

Meme use is correct.

2/16/20 3:33 PM
11/19/19
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He does not get a pass.

 

When you come out claiming to be an Indian Warrior and then you bitch out because you were losing badly, you don't get a pass.

2/16/20 4:24 PM
2/29/16
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He would have lost a lot of win money. I'm glad he took the dq.

2/16/20 4:27 PM
11/1/03
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For anybody else i would not be critical but Diego's whole persona was one or toughness and the warrior sprit. For him to pull a Weidman was suprising to me. Dana should have gone in and told Diego he would get the win bonus weather he continued or not. I suspect he would have given it to him regardless. Lets face it a win or loss at this stage of his career means little but his reputation for toughness was legendary. I think he lost more than he won in this fight.

2/16/20 4:45 PM
8/19/14
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Very good points in the OP. His age and the fact that he is a lightweight fighting against a middleweight should also be taken in to consideration. For me this in no way tarnishes his warrior spirit or legacy.

 

I hope that in the future he fights guys that are much closer to his size if he decides to carry on

 

2/16/20 4:57 PM
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kungfugrip - He gets the paycheck but will he get another right? Had to say he's on a path to be a contender at his age

He will get another fight. Diego fights are ALWAYS interesting.

2/16/20 5:09 PM
6/23/10
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Meh... if it were any other fighter 95% of you but huggers would be singing a different tune.  If Anthony Smith took the easy way out against Jones,  no one would be saying it was a good financial and career move, even though it would've been.  And look at their records, hes had what, 40-50 fights?  Who gives a fuck where they were, it's not like he was always a top LHW.  

Was it a good financial decision for Diego? Sure.  Was it a bitch move? Yes.