Diego Sanchez Says Gilbert Melendez Is His Golden Ticket
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.18.2013
It's his big opportunity...
Diego Sanchez recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. Check out the highlights:
On his fight with Melendez: "This fight with Gilbert Melendez is my golden opportunity. This is like when the kid in 'Willy Wonka' gets the golden ticket. I have the golden ticket, and his name is Gilbert Melendez."
On wanting to regain his reputation: "I feel like a lot of people have written me off as a contender and have written me off as one of the top fighters in the UFC. I want to redeem myself as a true contender for the lightweight title. I want to redeem myself as one of the best in the world."
On being the underdog against Melendez: "I thrive on being the underdog. I really feel like I'm fighting the true champion, so that's brought out the champion in me...I've shown little glimpses of my talent. If I finish this guy that nobody's ever finished, I make a huge statement and it makes a case for a title shot."
On his aspirations: "I'm going to be the world champion at lightweight. I have what it takes to win the UFC championship, and I don't want to be the guy who is just going to talk about it. I want to be about it."