Diego ‘The Nightmare’ Sanchez made his UFC lightweight debut against Joe Stevenson back in February of 2009 at UFC 95. After his unanimous decision victory over Stevenson, Sanchez came back and made another huge statement with a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance win against Clay ‘The Carpenter’ Guida at the TUF 9 Finale event. It was after his fight against Guida that UFC President Dana White felt he earned a title shot against BJ Penn. At UFC 107, Penn showed complete domination over Sanchez throughout most of the fight. Their title match was stopped late in the fifth round due to a vicious cut caused by Penn’s knee.
Sanchez has been debating whether or not he wanted to stay in the 155-pound division or if he preferred bulking up and fighting again at 170. ‘The Nightmare’ confirmed his decision to fighting as a welterweight via his twitter account:
“YES IM GOING BACK TO WELTERWEIGHT IM LOVING MY NEW DIET.I WANT KOS OR FITCH BUT ANY TOP GUY WILL DO JUST WANT TO GIVE U FANS THE BEST FIGHT.”