The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner returned to the lightweight division after a four-fight stint in the 170-pound weight class in March against former Pride champion Takanori Gomi. The former top lightweight contender defeated Gomi by split decision and then faced former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166.
While coming up short on the judges’ scorecards, Sanchez displayed his typical high-energy style and toughness and proved he can still hang with the top lightweights in the world.
On Tuesday, the 31-year-old took to Twitter and suggested a fight with Diaz could be “epic.”
Im thinking maybe nate diaz for the next fight would be a epic 5 rounder.
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) October 22, 2013
Diaz (16-9) fought for the lightweight title and lost to Benson Henderson in December 2012. Diaz is coming off a loss in his last outing on April 20 to Josh Thomson. It was the first time that the Stockton native has been defeated by strikes. He has only been finished twice in his 25-fight career.
The only time Sanchez has been stopped was due to a cut against B.J. Penn for the lightweight championship at UFC 107 in 2009.