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Diego Sanchez: It’s my destiny to become UFC champion

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“I don’t care if one person in the world believes. I believe.” —Diego Sanchez

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Sanchez vs Held Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports

Diego Sanchez is going to become Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, because it is his destiny, in a quest that begins anew at the upcoming UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) event, set for this Saturday night (Sept. 8, 2018) inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas (see the full fight card here).

That might sound like a bold claim considering Sanchez (27-11) is coming off back-to-back knockout losses and hasn’t been able to string together a pair of wins since 2011. But it just wouldn’t be “The Nightmare” if he wasn’t raising a few eyebrows.

“I’m chasing after my destiny to become UFC champion,” Sanchez told UFC.com. “I’m looking to do a Michael Bisping story, but it’s the Diego Sanchez story and it ends differently than the Michael Bisping story because it ends with that belt around my waist and it ends with me giving all the glory to God for all the trials and tribulations.”

The original “Ultimate Fighter,” Sanchez turns 37 at the end of the year and clearly does not have time on his side. Even if he’s able to get past White on the “Fight Pass” preliminary card this weekend in Dallas, that still leaves him outside the division Top 15.

Then again, his destiny may be a fight with former teammate Donald Cerrone, who found himself in “The Nightmare’s” crosshairs after a public (and messy) falling out with the Jackson-Wink gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I guess we’ll find out in just a few days.