Diego Sanchez is now adopting a more carefree approach to the remainder of his fighting career, one that will allow him to enjoy the moment and release the self-imposed pressure.
This Saturday at UFC 253, Diego Sanchez will be facing a fellow UFC veteran but one who is 12 years his junior, Jake Matthews. Sanchez expected to be facing ranked opponents on his way to fulfilling what he believed to be his destiny of becoming a UFC champion and maybe becoming the greatest fighter of all time.
UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez spoke to the media ahead of his fight on the preliminary card at UFC 253. ‘The Nightmare’ will face off against 26-year-old Jake Matthews in what will be his forty-second professional MMA fight. What’s more, the grizzly UFC veteran has truly seen it all, having first appeared on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, season one.
Being in the mix for around 20 years, Diego is still extremely competitive at the age of 38. He has gone 3-1 in his last 4 fights and is keen to finish his career on a fight note. The fighter touched upon several topics, including his training camp during the pandemic.
Sanchez vs McGregor ?
The 30-12 fighter did a deep dive into his plans for the future after hanging up his gloves. It appears that he wants to fight out his contract and is looking to secure some “legend fights” on the way out of the door.
“My goals in these last four fights in the UFC is to finish strong, to finish healthy…I shoot for the moon man, I shoot for the moon in everything I do. I’m looking for legend fights…I’m not looking past Jake Matthews, but I’m looking for some legend fights.”
While mentioning some possible opponents, Sanchez dropped the biggest name of all when he called out Conor McGregor. Although ‘The Notorious’ is retired from MMA, he remains the biggest figurehead in the sport. A fight against Conor McGregor brings in an astronomical amount of buzz to all parties involved.
“Nick Diaz is coming back. There’s some other names, Nate Diaz, there’s a lot of big fights that would be appealing for the fans. I said I shoot for the moon, Conor McGregor is the number four fight. I envision myself dominating these next three fights and finishing my career with a fight with Conor McGregor. That’s my dream, that’s my vision. As I build my legacy and his does what his does, I’ll be waiting if he wants to do it at the end of the road.”
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