Emmanuel Sanchez Out to Prove He’s the Next Big Thing

November 5, 2015

Though he was able to rebound and pick up a win in his most recent bout in Bellator this past September following only his second career loss in June, featherweight prospect Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez feels he could have done better.

Over the course of three rounds, Sanchez was able to be aggressive against former King of the Cage champion Henry Corrales and pick up the unanimous decision victory.

“It should have been a finish,” Sanchez told MMAWeekly.com. “I pride myself on being a finisher. As an MMA fighter, our records are our resume, and I want to be considered a finisher because that’s how I believe I can stand out amongst all the other fighters out there.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s better to learn off a win than a loss. I think that’s what gave me the edge; because no matter what I was pressing forward and trying to get the finish.”

Getting back on the winning track is important to Sanchez, but more so is being able to earn more money for a victory and further bring financial stability to his family.

“It’s something that has allowed me to change my life and my family’s life,” he said. “I want to be able to help my mother, my family and myself, and provide a better future.

“This is what I love to do. This is passion. I don’t bring in any sponsors, so for me, winning is my sponsor. That’s all that matters to me.”

Sanchez (11-2) will seek to pick up his third win in four fights this year when he faces fellow up-and-comer Justin Lawrence (8-2) in a featured featherweight bout at Bellator 145 in St. Louis on Friday.

“He’s a great fighter and I have the utmost respect for him,” said Sanchez of Lawrence. “He’s well-rounded, and that kind of mirrors what he’s going to get – I’m going to come forward, meet him in the middle, and be well-rounded.

“I have the edge in experience and grappling, and regardless of who he trains with, I still believe my skills are better than his.”

For Sanchez, a win over Lawrence could be a major step in bringing him the kind of attention that could take him no the next level of his career in 2016.

“It means having a win over a UFC veteran and someone who was on The Ultimate Fighter, so I feel that it puts my name up there very well,” said Sanchez.

“You’ve got two young, hungry fighters who are the same age with records that are similar – I have more wins and finishes than he does – so I’m looking to showcase why I’m the next up-and-coming big thing.”

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