‘He’s Our Diego Sanchez 2.0’- Dana White Highly Impressed With Ricky Turcios

Published 08/29/2021, 6:26 AM EDT


UFC President Dana White was all praise for the TUF 29 bantamweight finale winner Ricky Turcios. Turcios, who earned a split decision over Brady Hiestand on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze, received the throne. The fight itself was a treat to watch, as it was nothing short of war.

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Turcios has now put the bantamweight division on notice with his incredible win. Also, ‘Pretty’ has a personality that few can match. This has forced fight fans to be more invested in him. Hence, they will definitely tune in to watch whenever Turcios is in action.

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White was also left impressed with Turcios’ performance. It seems like he is quite a fan of the bantamweight fighter as well. In fact, the UFC President went on to compare him with a certain Diego Sanchez.

‘Nightmare’ became a star from the TUF show itself. Apart from his grit and fighting spirit, his unique personality made fans tune in whenever he was in action.

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)

He’s our Diego Sanchez 2.0. He’s tough. I mean, those kids fought their a**es off and I am looking forward to see what he does here,” said White about Turcios. It is quite clear that the bantamweight fighter has the personality. Now, it remains to be seen if he can follow Sanchez’s footsteps and become a renowned star.

Dana White talks about the return of TUF

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While The Ultimate Fighter show returned after a long absence, TUF 29 itself managed to garner good feedback from the fans. Contestants like Turcios and Brady are the primary reasons behind the success. Following this season’s success, the UFC President indicated that they are planning to host one show every year.

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

White said that they are looking to see at which weight class they can host the show next term and the coaches will be decided accordingly. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what he has planned for Turcios next.

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Also, fans will bid adieu to this season of TUF, knowing that there will be another one just around the corner.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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