Diego Sanchez Says the Clock is Ticking For his MMA Career
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.01.2013
That's why he's gone back to lightweight...
Diego Sanchez recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his career, his move back to lightweight and more. Check out the highlights:
On his loss to BJ Penn at UFC 107: "I look back on the situation, and I'm just more heartbroken than anything. That is the only time in my career where I truly got my ass kicked. Not many fighters can say that."
On his return to lightweight: "I've always been a lightweight; I've just fought a bunch of tough welterweights...As a lightweight, I probably could beat myself up at 170/ That's how important that discipline is."
On his return from injury: "MMA is my baby. I got my baby taken away from me for eight months. I was sitting on the couch, and it really made me figure some things out. It really made me realize that I can't fight forever. My body's not going to hold up forever....[I have] a big heart and a strong mind, but a lot of times my mind is stronger than my body. That's how I end up getting injured."
On his early MMA career: "But I was doing a lot of stuff that I shouldn't have been doing, living a very different life from the life I live now. I was out on my own, single guy in California, living a bachelor life according to my own rules, my own schedule."
On his reaction to his loss to Penn: "I took the wrong road after that. I covered it up with alcohol, with partying. I was trying to cover my pain in the wrong ways."
On his eventual retirement: "The clock is ticking for me as an MMA fighter. I want to realize my dream to become a world champion, and I realize my best chances are at 155 [pounds]."