Conor McGregor has called out Diego Sanchez and this has baffled everybody. Sanchez fought Michel Pereira in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 167 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Sanchez won the fight via DQ in the third round. The New Mexico native was down in the first two rounds. Michel Pereira outworked him in the first two rounds and was on his way to win the third. However, in the third round, with less than two minutes left on the clock, he landed an illegal knee.
That illegal knee sliced opened a deep cut on Sanchez’s a forehead. Referee Jason Herzog immediately stepped in to pause the fight. He said he was willing to give Sanchez all the time he needed to recover.
However, the referee gave him options about if he wanted to continue fighting. Sanchez opted not to continue and won the fight via DQ.
Diego Sanchez vs Conor McGregor?
Immediately after the fight, Conor McGregor sent out a tweet calling out Diego Sanchez.
McGregor also retweeted a parody account that had a fan-made poster of McGregor and Sanchez.
Conor McGregor and Diego Sanchez had a twitter back and forth in 2013.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 27, 2013
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 27, 2013
Michel Pereira then responded to Conor McGregor’s tweet.
I will still fight with you one day, I am growing every day to fight with the best and you are one of my list, wait for me to arrive and I will dominate my category! 🔪💀🔪🔪🔪💀🔪🔪🔪🔪
— Michel Pereira ufc (@UfcPereira) February 16, 2020
”I will still fight with you one day, I am growing every day to fight with the best and you are one of my list,” Pereira declared. “Wait for me to arrive and I will dominate my category!”
Diego Sanchez then took to Instagram to share a fan’s perspective about the fight.
Interesting 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fRq6pxpJgl
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) February 17, 2020
“Nothing strange about this… this is mixed martial arts. We use keywords / phrases learned in camp with our coaches for fight combos during the practice and fight night. People love to clickbait and sell fake stories and images.” said the post shared by Diego Sanchez. “I don’t necessarily agree with his new coaching staff but as someone who has had the pleasure of being friends and training partners for 2.5 years with Diego, I 100% trust and respect his judgement.”
UFC Fight Night 167 Results
Diego Sanchez def. Michel Pereira via DQ (illegal knee) at 3:09 of Round 3
Montana De La Rosa def. Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brok Weaver def. Kazula Vargas via DQ (illegal knee) at 4:02 of Round 1
Ray Borg def. Rogerio Bontorin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Lando Vannata def. Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel Rodriguez def. Tim Means via submission (standing guillotine choke) at 3:37 of Round 2
John Dodson def. Nathaniel Wood via TKO (strikes) at:16 of Round 3
Scott Holtzman def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Devin Clark def. Dequan Townsend via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Merab Dvalishvili def. Casey Kenney via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 29-28)
Macy Chiasson def. Shanna Young via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Raulian Paiva def. Mark De La Rosa via KO (strike) at 4:42 of Round 2