That's because "The Hitman" was in a virtual nightmare when the cageside judges awarded a unanimous decision win to "The Dream" following their welterweight headliner at the UFC on Versus 3 event earlier tonight (March 3) from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Dane looked "great" early on, lighting Sanchez up with a patient striking attack and superb takedown defense. The former lightweight battled back towards the end of round two, but despite a late flurry, seemed to be much worse for the wear.
In fact, by the end of the fight, he looked like an extra from the Albuquerque Chainsaw Massacre, sporting a purple grapefruit under both eyes and drooling blood.
But it was likely his trademark aggression and third round blitzkrieg that convinced the judges he won the fight. And judging by the amount of boo-birds in attendance, not everyone was happy with the decision.
That includes Kampmann, who looked visibly distraught in his post-fight comments with color commentator Joe Rogan. Did his fading gas tank and hit-and-run offense cost him the fight?
Either way, Sanchez looks to have made good on his promise to remain in the welterweight division and deliver exciting fights. It will be interesting to see how the promotion matches him up in is next outing.
And that may depend on the extent of the damage to his face, which at first glance appears to be very severe.
Time will tell.
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