Diego Sanchez Says Donald Cerrone Will Fight His ‘Retirement Fight’ Against Him

Published 03/31/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
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)


Diego Sanchez, the first-ever winner of The Ultimate Fighter and a future Hall of Famer, is all set to take on Donald Cerrone in the coming months. Sanchez is 39 years old and is way past his prime as a top fighter. The aforementioned bout will be his promotional swansong and ‘The Nightmare’ revealed his manager had quite a task to convince the UFC to book the fight.

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Sanchez finally got his wish and the duo will fight on May 8 under the bantamweight main event of Cory Sandhagen and T.J. Dillashaw.

In a conversation about his upcoming fight on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast, Sanchez revealed why he is excited about the fight. He said, “This guy has obviously been there a long time with the most fights in UFC history. Come on, I’m the guy with the longest UFC history career. You know what I mean, the longest active carrier with no breaks and so it’s a perfect matchup.

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I’m only one-year-older than him. We both have a ton of fights. You know I believe he’s been knocked out more than double me, but it’s a great fight, it makes a great fight for the fans.”

The fighter is extremely buoyed ahead of the fight and stated that he would not be the only one battling within the octagon for the final time. ‘The Nightmare’ added, “‘Cowboy’s a** better get ready for retirement too. He don’t know, but this is probably going to be his retirement fight too.”

Donald Cerrone thinks he beats Diego Sanchez and will provide a highlight reel

‘The Nightmare’ is ready and taking the fight seriously as it’s his final showdown. On the other hand, ‘Cowboy’ is looking at the fight like a highlight for himself. Donald Cerrone thinks Sanchez was tough 10 years ago.

He believes their clash will be a highlight reel and is very confident about the fight.

 

Although Cerrone is downplaying ‘The Nightmare’, Diego Sanchez has won 3 fights out of his last 5. Whereas considering the no contest ‘Cowboy’ has won none of his last 5 encounters. However, it must be noted that he has lost against the likes of Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor.

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For this fight, Diego Sanchez is all set because he is putting on a whole different level of discipline and sacrifice as he was already planning to do this for this last fight.

The two fighters have combined 94 fights in their respective careers and given their age and records, any fight could be their final UFC bout. Do you think this will be the last fight for both the legends?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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