Diego Sanchez in BKFC? It seems a bare-knuckle ‘Nightmare’ could be coming

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Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Diego Sanchez (red gloves) defeats Mickey Gall (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

In a combat sports pairing that seems a perfect match in 2021, former Ultimate Fighting Championship stalwart Diego Sanchez could be bringing his nightmarish fight style to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s squared circle.

When Sanchez, 39, was released from the UFC in April after a wild and unpredictable 16-year tenure, the question wasn’t if The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner would fight again, but where? We may have an answer to that question, and the destination makes a good bit of season.

Diego Sanchez in BKFC? It could be coming in 2021

BKFC has built their bare-knuckle boxing brand off a roster filled with boxing and mixed martial arts talent. And the promotion has signed many UFC alums since its inception in 2018. Including Kendall Grove, Chris Lytle, Hector Lombard, Artem Lobov, Paige VanZant, and Rachel Ostovich. And it seems Sanchez could be the latest addition in a tried-and-true tradition for the growing promotion. At least, based on what BKFC President and CEO David Feldman recently told MMAJunkie.

“Yeah, we’re having some great talks. I think we’re going to close something out pretty soon. He’s a good guy. I think he can offer a lot to us. I don’t think he’s done. We’ll absolutely go through every type of medical protocol that there are just because of the history he had with the guy [Joshua Fabia] that he was with. I want to make sure that everything’s on the up and up with him, and I have a really good hunch and a feeling that they are,” Feldman said.

“So once we get through that, I think we can get to a contract and get something going. It’ll be great to have that legend, Diego Sanchez, fighting another legend inside the squared circle, which as soon as Diego signs, and I can announce the matchup that I have, people are going to be like, ‘What the hell is going on here?’”

In the interview, Feldman would not go into details on who that possible opponent could be, but suggested two options are on the table. Another talent from outside the promotion, or one already on the roster, who has requested the matchup.

Sanchez competed inside the Octagon an astounding 32 times and won on 19 of those occasions. Along with winning a contract on the first season of TUF, Sanchez competed in three division’s during his UFC run and challenged BJ Penn for his lightweight title in 2009. His legendary June 2009 brawl with fellow promotional stalwart Clay Guida was inducted into the “fight-wing” of the UFC Hall-of-Fame in 2019.

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