Diego Sanchez is trying to fulfill a dream of fighting in Japan. Despite missing weight at Friday’s UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann weigh-ins, it looks like he’ll still be able to fulfill that dream, he’ll just do so for a little less compensation than he had originally planned.
Sanchez missed weight by two pounds on his initial weigh-in. He tipped the scale at 158 pounds. The allowance for a lightweight non-title fight is 156 pounds.
He was then given one hour to lose the additional weight, but was unable to do so.
Instead of cancelling the fight, his opponent, former Pride and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi agreed to accept the fight with Sanchez giving up 20 percent of his fight purse as a penalty.
The fight marks the first time in more than three years that Sanchez has fought at lightweight. He had been competing at welterweight, going 2-2 since his last trip to 155 pounds, but seized an opportunity to make the trip to Japan to fight Gomi.