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

When fans think about the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a consequence of their immediate classic. Therefore, its only suiting that the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to leave the UFC. No, I am not talking about Forrest Griffin. The struggle between Bonnar and Griffin throughout the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped deliver the UFC to the mainstream. Dana White later called it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. However, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was in fact the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, with defeated Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown before in the evening. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or no longer used by the UFC, the sole exclusion remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After the contestants were first 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 at the Octagon winning all four of his fights, together with three first-round stoppages including a entry over Florian in the Finale. The true principal event of that card has been fully overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his career in the time over Ken Shamrock. For the average battle enthusiast Sanchez dominance of this series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 appears like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He’s won a bunch of conflicts and dropped some, hopped divisions, got popped for bud, made six”Fight of the Night” bonuses and two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, lost a lightweight name tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname from the”Nightmare” to the”Fantasy” and back into the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, just to mention a couple. Overall going to war inside the Octagon on 21 separate occasions amassing as 14-7 record. According to his age and durability it was almost expected that Sanchez will be the final fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much has been said about the entire cast of the show to the extent that Dana White said that he had been basically seeking to induct the entire TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It has been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type end. But what remains to be viewed from the die hard MMA fans is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez go out with a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of building upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it’s likely that anything of significance will come from the rest of the time of the once famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is identical to that of the majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that lots of the TUF 1 cast members went out with a whimper facing exactly the same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces on a daily basis: accidents and age. Nearly all the contestants essentially were forced into retirement. As lovers of this UFC, let us expect Diego Sanchez may break this tendency and go out with a bang as it is likely he will not go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the best case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this stage in his career. Taking a photo of Sanchez’s professional career, it’s likely he will depart the UFC kicking and screaming like many others before him. What remains to be told is how and if. One can’t deny it. The writing is on the wall without any true hope of championship aspirations in the near future. Settle back and revel in the last of the TUF 1 display. But, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez latest turns of a occasions in his career prepare yourself for a sad ending. The falling down in weight classes and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it is creating a recipe for failure. Basically it won’t be a fantasy come true for your nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor in 2013:”The guy really is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to confront Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America two Finale. This will be Sanchez introduction at featherweight regardless of the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is expecting to have 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 charge the announcement that he’s dropping a weight class for a way to get an eventually struggle against Connor McGregor. However, lots of MMA handicappers see this because of weakness as an attempt by Sanchez to remain relevant. Even though many MMA mainstream fans fail to crown Diego Sanchez since the first Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of the TUF 1 boxers it continues to function 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 could pass that final test. As his admirable career rolls , it’s evident Sanchez is no longer 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 that he will always remain to be the roughest of the TUF. The first Ultimate Fighter to be crowned inside the Octagon and the last to depart.

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

When fans consider the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a result of their instant classic. Therefore, its only suiting the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to leave the UFC. No, I am not talking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin during the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped bring the UFC into the mainstream. Dana White later known as it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. However, 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 before in the evening. With all of the former cast members on the show either retired or not used by the UFC, the only exclusion remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After 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 winner, he backed up that hype at the Octagon winning all four of his struggles, with three first-round stoppages such as a entry over Florian in the Finale. The true main event of that card has been fully overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his profession at the time over Ken Shamrock. For the average battle enthusiast Sanchez dominance of this 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’s won a lot of fights and dropped some, hopped divisions, got sailed for marijuana, made six”Fight of the Night” bonuses along with two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, lost a lightweight title tip to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname from the”Nightmare” to the”Dream” and back to the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, just to name a couple. Overall going to war within the Octagon on 21 distinct occasions amassing as 14-7 record. According to his durability and age it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the final fighter we see within the Octagon and rightfully so. Much has been said about the whole cast of the series to the extent that Dana White stated that he had been essentially looking to induct the whole 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 seen by the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out having a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of building upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it’s more unlikely that anything of significance will come out of the rest of the period of the once famed career. The probable scenario and eventual end game is equal to that of the majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that lots of the TUF 1 cast members moved out with a whimper facing the same troubling realities that Sanchez currently faces a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants essentially were forced into retirement. As lovers of the UFC, let us hope Diego Sanchez can break this trend and go out with a bang because it is likely he will not go out anywhere close to the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the best case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this point in his profession. Taking a photo of Sanchez’s professional career, it’s likely he’ll leave the UFC kicking and crying like many others before him. What remains to be told is the how and if. One can not deny it. The writing is on the wall without any real expectation of championship aspirations in the near future. Sit back and revel in the final of the TUF 1 showcase. However, based on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a occasions in his profession prepare for a sad ending. The dropping down in weight courses and layoff due to rehabbing injuries it is developing a recipe for disaster. Essentially it will not be a fantasy come true for your nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor in 2013:”The man 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 is Sanchez introduction at featherweight despite the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 winner. Sanchez is expecting to have a run at championship glory despite confronting the longest layoff of his professional MMA career (1 year 4 Months) and in 33 years old. The layoff is due to a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits credit the statement he’s dropping a weight class for a means to acquire an eventually fight against Connor McGregor. But lots of MMA handicappers see this because of weakness because of an attempt by Sanchez to stay relevant. Even though many MMA mainstream enthusiasts fail to crown Diego Sanchez since the first Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of this TUF 1 boxers it continues to function in his benefit but he is fighting the age old issue of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he could pass that final test. As his commendable profession rolls , it is clear Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. Still, there needs to be something said to be the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is deserving of our respect because it’s left us with no doubt that he will always remain the roughest of the TUF. The first Ultimate Fighter to be plotted within the Octagon and the last to depart.

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