Nice guys finish fights: Sanchez donates purse to autism awareness

Maggie Hendricks
May 6, 2011

Diego Sanchez has always been a colorful character in the MMA world. From his appearance on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" to his "Yes!" cartwheel to his ongoing verbal spat with Martin Kampmann, Sanchez keeps us entertained.

It turns out that he's a pretty nice guy, too. Sanchez participated in the UFC Fan Expo grappling tournament last weekend in Toronto. He won his first match, lost his second, and then donated all of his purse to a charity that promotes autism awareness. From Sanchez's original grappling coach:

Diego Sanchez is one of the greatest people I've ever met, not just for his beliefs and love for mma and grappling, he is also a world class philanthropist, as he impressed the entire audience donating his entire UFC Fan Expo 4-Man Purse to Autism and AutismRadio.org

Ahh, Diego. You're not the first fighter to do something insanely nice, but you should be proud to be on the list of good fighters who are also great people. Way to be awesome.

Thanks to Bloody Elbow for the heads up.