Diego Sanchez’ Dream of Fighting in Japan Comes True at UFC on Fuel TV 8

March 1, 2013
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Diego SanchezFighting in Japan has always been a dream for Diego “The Dream” Sanchez, and at UFC on Fuel TV 8, he’ll realize that dream when he takes on former Pride champion Takanori Gomi.

“Coming to Japan was always a great goal and a dream of mine growing up, fighting through King of the Cage, even before I was in the UFC or before The Ultimate Fighter.  I always had a dream of coming to fight where fighting was most prominent in Pride.  It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing.  My career kept going and going, and I was like I guess I’m just never going to make it out there,” said Sanchez during the event’s pre-fight press conference.

Sanchez (23-5) has been bouncing back and forth between the lightweight and welterweight divisions in recent years.  The fight with Gomi will be his return to the 155-pound division, and it was the return to lightweight the opened up the opportunity for him to fight in Japan.

“When I decided to make the move back to 155, I looked at the opponents and I figured what’s a better opportunity than to come out here to Japan, live one of my dreams, and fight one of the greatest fighters to come out of Japan in his own hometown,” said Sanchez.

“That’s a perfect situation for war and a great battle and that’s what I live for and that’s what I came out here to do is to give the fans and the company and everybody just a great showing and a great fight.”

Gomi (34-8-1) is 3-3 inside the Octagon, and enters the bout on a two-fight win streak. He’s coming off a split decision win over Mac Danzig in November.

Gomi says he’s “motivated” for this fight, as well, although you never would have known it by his nonchalant appearance at the press conference.

“I’m in great condition and it’s going to be a great fight,” said Gomi through the cover of his dark sunglasses.

Sanchez is 2-1 as a lightweight, losing only to B.J. Penn.  This will be his second run in the 155-pound division and is looking to build on his previous success there.

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  • kbroesq

    I think it’s a good fight for Sanchez to win and perhaps try to get back on track. I’ve always like Sanchez, and I hope he can do something to get that extra push to get him into title contention. He’s a talented fighter and has a lot of the attributes that you cannot teach.

  • Darin

    I’ve done a 180 on Sanchez over the last few years. Something about him used to annoy me and I’d root against him. The raw heart and determination he’s shown in his career has won me over. He also has a very positive attitude even when he loses.