Thirteen years after winning The Ultimate Fighter season 1, Diego Sanchez is still trucking along in the UFC. Sure, the only person who thinks he could still become a UFC champion is Diego himself, but he’s still hanging strong in a tough division, bouncing back from KO losses to Al Iaquinta and Matt Brown to beat Craig White via dominating decision at UFC 228.
According to Diego, part of that is due to him taking such good care of himself over the years. Another part? Training with new JacksonWink arrival Mike Perry, who’s re-taught Sanchez to let the beast out.
“That savage killer, you know, maybe that’s why God brought [Perry] on the team, because I needed to let that savage killer, the real ‘Nightmare,’ back out,” Sanchez said after his win. “This isn’t about shaking hands. This isn’t about showing respect. This isn’t about being friends. This isn’t about being the most respectful. This is about being the most vicious killer that you can in your mind, in your heart, in your training.”
”I’m getting back to me, me being Diego,” he said. “Call me ‘The Zen Master’, call me ‘The Nightmare.’ Call me ‘The Yoga.’ Call me whatever you want. The reason why I’ve been able to stick around this long in the sport is because I am an adaptive man. I continue to adapt. I continue to keep the mind open to different ways of how I can anti-age.”
Anti-aging? Tell us more, Diego. How do you do it?
"How can I anti-age?" @DiegoSanchezUFC shares his secrets to staying in the game after his dominant win over Craig White. You can watch his full post #UFC228 scrum here: https://t.co/FoY1dCefxw pic.twitter.com/KWApuppoaC— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 10, 2018
”Naturally,” he said. “I have been natural my entire career. My body shows it. Why am I around? It’s because I wasn’t like all those other guys that were cheating and doing juice, and doing growth hormone. I don’t have big old hands, and big old knees, and a big old forehead. No. I still look young. I still look like I did when I came into this sport.”
”It’s because I have found the ways, secrets, God has blessed me with the secret wisdoms of the universe, how to anti-age naturally with diet and nutrition and breathing. With meditation and prayer. This is why I’m around, and this is why at this point in my career, I’ve gotten back to that Diego with a little bit of that [Mike] Perry savage killer on the side.”
Keep it locked to Diego’s interviews to glean some more of his anti-aging techniques. The last one we picked up on was Stevia. Oh, we laughed when he claimed it cured cancer and carried him to his first title shot against BJ Penn. Now everyone eats the stuff. Okay, it still does not cure cancer. But if Sanchez makes it back into the contender’s circle at 155, we’ll happily call him “The Yogi” and demand he shares his secret wisdoms with us.
We may not have to wait too long for Sanchez to show off his rediscovered Savage Beast. He’s already hyping some new fight news coming ‘soon.’