THE MMA INJURY BUG: DIEGO SANCHEZ – THE LAST OF THE SEASON ONE TUF FIGHTERS

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When fans think about the inaugural season of »The Ultimate Fighter, » Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a consequence of the instant classic. Therefore, its only suiting the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to leave the UFC. No, I’m not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin throughout the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped bring the UFC to the mainstream. Dana White later known as it Zuffa’s »Trojan Horse ». Nonetheless, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was actually the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, with defeated Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown earlier in the day. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or not employed with the UFC, the only exception remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. When the contestants were announced for »The Ultimate Fighter 1, » Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. Since the undefeated King of the Cage champion, he backed up that poetry in the Octagon winning all four of his fights, together with three first-round stoppages including a submission over Florian in the Finale. The true principal event of the card was fully overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his profession in the time over Ken Shamrock. For the ordinary battle enthusiast Sanchez dominance of the series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He has won a bunch of fights and dropped some, hopped branches, got sailed for bud, earned six »Fight of the Night » bonuses and two »Battle of the Year » (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, missing a lightweight title tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname in the »Nightmare » into the »Dream » and back to the »Nightmare » again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, simply to mention a few. Overall going to war within the Octagon on 21 separate events amassing as 14-7 record. Based on his durability and age it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the last fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the whole cast of this series to the extent that Dana White stated that he had been essentially looking to induct the entire TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It’s been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type ending. But what remains to be viewed from the die hard MMA fans is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out with a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of construction upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time as a fighter, it is more unlikely that anything of importance will come from the rest of the period of the formerly famed career. The probable scenario and eventual end game is equal to that of the vast majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that many of the TUF 1 cast members moved outside with a whimper facing exactly the exact same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces on a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants basically were forced into retirement. As lovers of the UFC, let us hope Diego Sanchez can break this tendency and go out with a bang as it is likely he won’t go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning note is the ideal case scenario for »The Nightmare » at this stage in his profession. Taking a photo of Sanchez’s professional career, it is likely he’ll depart the UFC kicking and crying like many others before him. What remains to be informed is how and if. An individual can not deny it. The writing is on the wall with no real hope of championship aspirations in the not too distant future. Sit back and revel in the final of the TUF 1 display. However, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez latest turns of a events in his career prepare for a sad ending. The falling down in weight classes and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it is developing a recipe for failure. Basically it will not be a fantasy come true for your nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor at 2013: »The guy really is a has-been. » IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to face Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. This will be Sanchez debut at featherweight despite the fact that he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is expecting to take a run at championship glory despite facing the longest layoff of his professional MMA profession (1 year 4 Months) and at 33 years old. The layoff is due to a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits credit the statement that he’s dropping a weight class for a means to get an eventually fight against Connor McGregor. But many MMA handicappers see this because of weakness because of an effort by Sanchez to remain relevant. Though many MMA mainstream fans fail to crown Diego Sanchez as the original Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of this TUF 1 boxers it continues to work in his advantage but he’s fighting the age old issue of time. Irrespective of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he can pass this last test. As his commendable career rolls , it’s clear Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said to be the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is worthy of our respect since it’s left us without a doubt he will always remain the toughest of the TUF. The initial Ultimate Fighter to be plotted within the Octagon and the last to leave.

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