Diego Sanchez Hints at Joining Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC to Fight Kevin Lee

Published 12/18/2021, 6:13 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Diego Sanchez enters the octagon against Michael Chiesa in their welterweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC welterweight fighter Diego Sanchez took to social media and responded to the rumors surrounding an upcoming match. ‘The Nightmare’ may face-off against Kevin Lee in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion. Lee is a recent signing to Nurmagomedov’s organization, and he’s keen to make his debut in short order.

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Diego Sanchez has clearly been keeping his ear to the street and has chimed in on possibly facing Kevin Lee. Sanchez tagged Khabib Nurmagomedov and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, and was clearly interested in facing Lee. Not to mention, he made sure to voice his love for Russian fans who are certainly going to support Nurmagomedov in his venture.

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‘The Motown Phenom’ has been busy doing the media rounds, and he talked about potentially facing Sanchez in his debut. The former UFC interim title contender said, “They spoke to me about Diego Sanchez, so I might go ahead and do that one… The first Ultimate Fighter is known for putting on great fights, he’s going to go out there swinging and you know you’ll get a great fight out of him.”

Kevin Lee wants to leave Sanchez in a bloody mess

Lee is known to speak his mind, and he talked about wanting to put on a blood and guts display against Sanchez. It seems as though he is looking to make a statement after he was surprisingly released from the UFC. The news of his departure came as a surprise to himself and everyone else, and he’ll want to right that wrong.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JUNE 25: Kevin Lee celebrates after his submission victory over Michael Chiesa in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I’m going to kick his head into the third row,” Lee explained. “Eagle FC has this beautiful white hexagon, so I’ll bloody that up, write my name on it and then put him out of his misery.”

Additionally, Kevin Lee has a lot on the line as he stands to lead the 165-pound weight class at Eagle FC. As a loss in his debut would derail all those plans, he’ll have to make sure he comes with an intent to dominate. Kevin Lee has talked about being the best 165-pounder in the world and the time to test that narrative has finally arrived.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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