by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Top 10 welterweight Diego Sanchez recently revealed via his MySpace page that he again wants to bump down a weight class. “I’m training hard and will be dropping down to fight at 155.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, at a public question and answer session on Tuesday in Fayetteville, N.C., confirmed that Sanchez’s next bout for the UFC will be in the 155-pound division. “Diego moved down to 155 pounds. Diego’s a 155-pounder. ”
The move continues a cycle for Sanchez that is rather unusual in combat sports. Most fighters tend to move up in weight classes over the years, but he has steadily moved down. Once consistently fighting in the 185-pound division, Sanchez dropped to 170 upon winning the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The 26-year-old native of Albuquerque, N.M. now joins Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Roger Huerta, Tyson Griffin, Joe Stevenson, and a host of other talented fighters to vie for the belt currently held by UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.