After his very controversial victory against Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42, Diego Sanchez took to calling out Nate Diaz.
'The Nightmare' won the aforementioned fight via split decision, however almost everyone said that Pearson won all three rounds. In his post-fight interview, Sanchez said: "With that victory, I want to put a challenge out to Nate Diaz.
"Diaz vs. Diego, let's do this in Mexico. Stop being a crybaby, crying about not getting enough money. Be a real fighter and fight because you love to fight, and fight me. See if you can hang with this."
Nonetheless, the call-out was unsuccessful. Talking to MMAMania, Diaz's manager Mike Kogan brushed aside Sanchez's comments.
"Diego isn't important enough to warrant a response. He should count his lucky stars two judges were watching Oprah reruns while he was fighting and then handed him a win."
Sanchez snapped a two-fight losing streak when 'beating' Pearson, after losses to Myles Jury and Diaz's team-mate Gilbert Melendez. The New Mexico native knows that a shot at the lightweight title is highly unlikely so he is looking for fun fights instead.
Diaz is a superbly entertaining fighter. Likewise Sanchez and the fight would likely cruise to earning Fight of the Night honours.
Nonetheless, Diaz is ranked a lot higher than Sanchez and he will be looking for a title shot when he returns.
He last defeated Gray Maynard by TKO in the first round very impressively in November. Prior to that, he had back-to-back losses; first against Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight title, then against Josh Thompson, with that the first time he was stopped via TKO.
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