"We have a great expectation for this fight ... I think Diego is a really tough guy, he'll test Thiago in a way he hasn't been tested yet. I believe that in all fights of Thiago [in the UFC] were good to test him, since the beginning there was no easy one, and Diego is another one who'll make Paulo spin around and, on that spin, we'll see if the trainings will work. We've been training so that their game matches. I think he'll keep his game plan, he'll try to punch and then go for the legs, try to take him down with a single-leg like we've seen on his fights. He has one of the best coaches in the world right now, and Saulo Ribeiro gave him a great base... I think Diego's top, it'll be a great fight and we cheer for Paulo Thiago to win."
Constrictor Team Leader Ataide Junior expects great things from Brazilian supercop Paulo Thiago, who tries to re-establish his place in the welterweight division when he takes on Diego Sanchez at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 in Anaheim. Both fighters are coming off a loss however, Sanchez may have a greater sense of urgency after dropping two straight. Will his aggressiveness become a "Nightmare" for the crafty Brazilian? Or will Thiago prove that Sanchez is no longer a force in today's fight game?