Diego Sanchez Biography: Diego Sanchez is an American professional mixed martial artist in the Eagle Fighting Championship’s Super Lightweight class.
Diego Sanchez Biography
Diego Sanchez Biography: Sanchez was born to a Mexican American family on December 31, 1981. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and still lives there. His training camp is also located in Albuquerque. Sanchez was a high school state wrestling champion as a senior before beginning mixed martial arts training while working for UPS. Sanchez later joined Jackson’s Submission Fighting while working for UPS and managing training and employment.
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|Date Of Birth
|December 31, 1981
|Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Mixed Martial Artist
Diego Sanchez’s Personal Life
Sanchez is married to Bernadette Sanchez, with whom he has a daughter.
What is Diego Sanchez’s Net Worth?
Diego Sanchez is an American mixed martial arts professional with a net worth of $3 million.
Diego Sanchez MMA Career
Sanchez debuted in mixed martial arts in 2002 for Ring of Fire despite suffering a heel injury the night before. Sanchez focused primarily on takedowns, while his opponent, a more experienced striker, injured young Sanchez. Sanchez continued to use his wrestling skills, landed another takedown in the second round, took his opponent’s back, and choked him to submission with a rear-naked choke. This resulted in Sanchez’s victory by request, and he was awarded $600 for his efforts. Before becoming a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, he amassed an 11-0 record in which he was unbeatable.
Diego Sanchez UFC Career
On August 20, 2005, Sanchez made his post-TUF debut by completing journeyman Brian Gassaway via strikes at UFC 54. On November 5, 2005, Sanchez defeated Nick Diaz unanimously at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale. Sanchez defeated John Alessio unanimously at UFC 60 on May 27, 2006. On August 17, 2006, at UFC Fight Night 6, Sanchez continued his unbeaten streak with a unanimous victory over judo specialist Karo Parisyan. The fight earned him the award for Fight of the Night.
Sanchez fought Joe Riggs in the main event of UFC Fight Night 7 on December 13, 2006. At 1:45 of the first round, Sanchez landed a right hand that put Riggs down, followed by a running knee that knocked Riggs out. Sanchez was sentenced to a three-month suspension after testing positive for the substances present in marijuana.
At UFC 107 on December 12, 2009, Sanchez lost the UFC Lightweight Championship to B.J. Penn. Penn landed a right hand early in the first round that knocked down Sanchez, followed by a flurry of strikes that nearly prompted referee Herb Dean to halt the fight. Sanchez was able to recover sufficiently to stay in the fight, but he was outclassed in the next four rounds by Penn’s superior stand-up and defense, which stopped Sanchez’s 27 takedown attempts.
Early in the 5th round, Penn landed a head kick that caused Sanchez’s temple to begin bleeding heavily. Sanchez was stopped for the first time in his career when Herb Dean suspended the bout at 2 minutes and 37 seconds due to an illegal knockout.
This was only the second time in UFC history that the fight ended in the fifth round. UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying, at the post-fight press conference, that Sanchez was “about as busted up as I’ve ever seen a guy.” Sanchez had a detached lower mouth, a swollen left eye, and a large cut above his left eyebrow.
Sanchez was set to face Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN 24 on May 8, 2021. However, Sanchez was withdrawn from the fight on April 28 for unspecified reasons, and Alex Morono took his place. Despite the fact that he did not fight, Sanchez claims that the organization paid him his guaranteed purse, prize money, and sponsorship money.