In this ever evolving sport, welterweights are getting bigger and bigger. At 5-foot-9 Sanchez is small for the weight. He looked bloated on fight night for his battle last March against Martin Kampmann. This afternoon, he looked much healthier.
Sanchez explained to USA Today that he screwed up the weight cut before the Kampmann fight.
The last fight for Martin Kampmann, I really messed up on the diet. I didn't cut out salt. I didn't cut out carbs. I ended up having to cut 14 pounds the day of the weigh-ins. That's three hours of cardio and another 30 minutes in the sauna.
Sanchez said it cost him late in the fight when he couldn't pour it on.
I felt it in the fight, and even though I still was able to fight hard and put a hard pace, if I would have done the weight cut properly, I would have been able to press the fight even harder in the second and third rounds and, I believe, finished the fight.
So there's no excuses for Sanchez and that means a victory for Jake Ellenberger is worth that much more.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 weigh-in: (Courtesy MMAjunkie)
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Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Diego Sanchez (170)
Dave Herman (234) vs. Stefan Struve (256)