by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The Nightmare has returned to his roots.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez has returned to Team Greg Jackson as a member of the team, and has already begun training with the squad as of Tuesday.
Representatives at Team Jackson in New Mexico confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, after Sanchez posted the news via his Twitter account.
Sanchez was a mainstay at the Albuquerque gym for several years, growing up under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and striking coach Mike Winkeljohn.
When Sanchez left the camp in 2007, speculation had run wild that the New Mexico native had sore feelings about Jackson and the team starting to work with then contender Georges St. Pierre, who continues to train with the squad to this day.
Speaking with MMAWeekly at the time, Jackson said there were never hard feelings and Sanchez would always be a part of their team.
“He’s always a part of the team, but he’s going to train out there for a while. We love him to death, he still loves us; it’s just kind of a thing where he wants to get out there and get to know his boy and live a good life,” said Jackson. “He’s such a great kid and we all love him to death, the whole team, and we wish him the best of luck while he’s out there and can’t wait for him to get back.”
Following Sanchez’s turn at lightweight where he made it all the way to a title shot against B.J. Penn, he decided to go back to welterweight for his last fight and ran into British phenom John Hathaway.
A unanimous decision loss followed for Sanchez, who will now get back to the training that got him to the dance in the first place to find the right formula to get back to the top.
As previously stated, Sanchez is already in camp with Team Jackson, and will be training there full time as he prepares for his return to the Octagon in October against Paulo Thiago at UFC 121.