No more lightweight division, No more “Nightmare” for Diego Sanchez

Original TUF 1 winner, Diego Sanchez gives a little insight on the reason he gave up the “Nightmare” nickname ahead of his main event bout with Martin Kampmann next week on the UFC on Versus 3 card in Louisville, Kentucky, adding the options for him to ever go down to 155 again are closed.

Sanchez, speaking to MMABay, said:

“I let that go. I let the ‘Nightmare’ go,” he said on a Tuesday teleconference. “To me, I see some negative in it. A nightmare is something that is negative and kind of evil. I don’t want to represent that. I want to represent positivity and good.”

“I look back on my career. The ‘Nightmare’? The nightmare was myself. All the times I fell off track and got into drinking, got into smoking weed, the things that brought me down, the partying. That was my nightmare. I was my own nightmare. I’m grown up. I’m going to let that name go. I just want to be Diego Sanchez. I don’t even need a nickname. I’m me.”

“The options are closed for me to ever go down to 155 again. In my last fight I was really prepared, I worked hard, but I wasn’t physically strong. That’s something that you have to have at welterweight. Be physically strong. It’s something I really worked at it in this training camp. I think the fans will be real surprised when they see the way I look, the way I feel, and how I impose my will with my physical strength.”

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