Diego Sanchez is no longer referred to as "The Nightmare," but was his performance at UFC on FUEL TV 8 last weekend in Japan "Dream-y" enough? Former TUF buddy Chris Leben doesn't think so.
What happened to Diego Sanchez?
That's what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 frat brother Chris Leben wanted to know after "The Dream" managed to squeak past Takanori Gomi via split decision at the UFC on FUEL TV event last weekend in Japan.
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Though he's spent time away from the Albuquerque fight guru in the past, Sanchez has been training under Greg Jackson for the better part of his career. Yes, the same Jackson who in recent years has been accused of "ruining the sport of MMA," a charge his fighters vehemently deny.
Then there's the case of Sanchez.
The artist formerly known as "The Nightmare" was anything but in his split decision win over "The Fireball Kid," executing a more cautious approach mixed in with takedowns, landing four of 10. By comparison, he attempted 30 takedowns against Martin Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3.
Gone was the rabid animal who set a feverish pace few fighters could match. But is Jackson to blame for his more reserved performance in "The Land of the Rising Sun?"
Leben seems to think so. How about you?