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Dana White: 'Diego Sanchez looked soft at 170'


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"I don't think Diego belongs at 170. I think it's easier to be at 170. He looked soft. He looked real lethargic and slow and heavy. [One] fifty-five, Diego. Fifty-five. He's a tough guy. I'm not his manager, but I think he should stay at 155. Listen, a loss to B.J. Penn doesn't mean you go back up to 170. It means you stay at 155 and you do what Kenny Florian did. You stay in there and keep grinding it out and beating the top guys, and you get back in line and work your way up to the top again. Diego does not look good at 170."

Count UFC President Dana White among the many mixed martial arts pundits who believe Diego Sanchez belongs in the lightweight division following his loss to 170-pound rising star John Hathaway at UFC 114 last Saturday night in Las Vegas. "Nightmare" moved down a weight class after he felt he sacrificed too much size as a welterweight and despite a TKO loss to BJ Penn, has a successful run as a 155-pounder. Does the "Hitman" loss indicate he should have stayed where he was? Or was it just a tough loss for a fighter who is still adjusting to the larger weight?

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