If you ever want to know what it's like to be Diego Sanchez and train for a big UFC fight, then all you have to do is read the article yesterday from The Albuquerque Tribune.
Reporter Phil Parker followed the welterweight contender all the way up until his tooth-jarring victory over Karo Parisyan at Ultimate Fight Night on August 17 at the Red Rock Resort & Spa, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here's a snip:
It's about 15 minutes after Ultimate Fight Night (live on Spike TV) and Parisyan has been ushered to the hospital so doctors can examine the hole where his tooth should be and the two swollen slits he sports for eyes. Sanchez is asked how he thinks he did. He didn't fight his best so at first he gives it a "C" performance.
Sanchez, who boasts and undefeated record, has long claimed to be the best fighter in the world much to the chagrin of his critics ... and there are many of them.
But with the way this guy trains and approaches every match – life for the matter – it's hard to argue that one day "The Nightmare" won't reach the top of the division.
Fake. Bizarre. Intense.
Diego has been called all them and more. But, the fact of the matter is that this guy has a recipe for success.
Love him or hate him – and there's really no in between – "The Nightmare" is going to be around for a long time