Diego Sanchez Considering Move To Featherweight To Fight Conor McGregor

UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez has been one of the promotion’s most exciting fighters in recent years, with his bull-like style and disregard for everyone he fights. ‘The Nightmare’ suffered an ironic setback in his last fight though, losing a decision to Ross Pearson before being gifted the win by the judges.

Although still officially recorded as a win, it’s hard to imagine Sanchez getting a very meaningful match at lightweight next time out. Perhaps then, a move in weight class would prove shrewd. ‘The Nightmare’, speaking with our friends over at Submission Radio, says he is considering a move down in weight. Check it out:

“I’ve even possibly thought about going down to 145 just to fight (Conor McGregor). Like as a matter of a fact, yesterday I was in my gym working out, and I was like ‘can I do it? Can I make 145?’ I was like ‘I don’t know, I might have to try. I might have to do it.’ Then I was like, but would be worth it for one fight, to go down to 145? Would it really be worth it? I was like ‘I’m gonna have to do like a 10 day fast, I’m gonna have to really sacrifice to get down to 145. I’m gonna have to lose some muscle’. And I was really giving it some serious thought, I’m like ‘but what if I’m stronger, what if I’m stringy. I’m gonna be long and stringy at that weight’. I was seriously giving it some consideration, and it’s not out of the question. It’s definitely not out of the question”

Sanchez and Irish featherweight star Conor McGregor have been embroiled in an ongoing feud for a while now, and with McGregor’s recent win over Diego Brandao, and subsequent booking against Dustin Poirier, the only way Sanchez would ever get to fight ‘Notorious’ is if he drops the extra ten pounds. He continues:

“You know what man, I don’t know. I would love to fight this guy and he said he’d like to fight me too, so I definitely think it’s possible. I think he’s a great mixed (martial artist). I think he’s really talented, I think he’s really tough, I just don’t agree with people going out there and thinking that, this guy thinks he’s like the Anderson Silva, he claims that he’s the ‘GOAT’, and I’m just like c’mon man you ain’t done enough to claim that. You know, I’m all for believing in yourself, but he’s taking it to the next level, and if he gets past Dustin Poirier then he’s definitely on that level, but you know he has that next tough fight. But if we get a fight, then we get fight.”

After the decision against Pearson, and recent losses to Myles Jury and Gilbert Melendez, the future certainly is unsure for Sanchez as a lightweight. Maybe a move to 145 pounds for one last fight is the plan, or perhaps he plans on trying to get a few fights in the lower weight categories. Some fans may question this move though.

Having taken huge amounts of punishment in his last 10 UFC outings, would cutting 10 pounds of muscle really be the brightest idea? If he decides to do so, I’m pretty sure McGregor would be happy to welcome ‘The Nightmare’ to featherweight. What do you think of Sanchez’s pondering of 145?


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    dirt

    July 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    mcgregor would stomp a mudhole in his ass. sanchez isn't even top 10 at lightweight what makes him think he could fight conner at featherweight?

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      DesiredUsername

      July 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      It would be a good payday. For both fighter and the UFC. I'm all for Connor getting exposed but Diego isn't the guy who's gonna do it. With Sanchez's sloppy striking and Mcgreggor's crisp boxing; this fight would just make Mcgreggor look like Mohammed Ali!

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    Brian Cox

    July 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    As a Sanchez fan, this fight makes no sense and its only real purpose would be a decent payday. Personally, I think Sanchez would get outclassed all day long and would probably get finished. I love the guy, but I wouldn't give him much of a chance and if I was McGregor I wouldn't give him the fight. It's a waste of his time. His fight with Dustin Poirier is coming up in September and if he wins that he match he will either get a title shot or be one fight away from one. Simply put, Diego Sanchez is nowhere on McGregor's title trajectory. Sanchez should focus on getting a 'well-earned' win at lightweight.
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    Brian Cox

    July 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    As a Sanchez fan, this fight makes no sense and its only real purpose would be a decent payday. Personally, I think Sanchez would get outclassed all day long and would probably get finished. I love the guy, but I wouldn't give him much of a chance and if I was McGregor I wouldn't give him the fight. It's a waste of his time. His fight with Dustin Poirier is coming up in September and if he wins that bout he will either get a title shot or be one fight away from getting it. Simply put, Diego Sanchez is nowhere on McGregor's title trajectory. Sanchez should focus on getting a 'well-earned' win at lightweight.

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    jcren

    July 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    This would not get McGregor closer to his title beat down…I mean title fight with Aldo or Mendes. Which is probably a good thing for everyone involved. Diego will allow him to gain popularity with a win. Yet not get exposed.

    I think the UFC is "Bisping"ing Connor. Kick the can until he gets to the title eliminator. Remember how great Bisping looked until he met up against the elite level fighters (Evans, Hendo, Belfort, Silva lol). If anyone thinks for a second he can beat Swanson, Edgar, Mendes, Lamas or Aldo you are out of your mind. He might win his next fight…but I think Bermudez might even be a step ahead of him.

    Someone please explain how you can get in the top 10 without beating a top 15 fighter?

    Side bar…Diego is done. He sees a fight of the Night Bonus in Connor. He has no future at any weight. I think he should stay at 155. WW are way too strong for him at this point. However, at LW….I am not certain who the hell he can beat.

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