Diego Sanchez is expecting a violent bloodbath against Michel Pereira in the co-main event of UFC Rio Rancho.
Pereira is an exciting guy who does somersaults and front flips inside the Octagon. But, Sanchez knows his experience won’t fall for those crazy maneuvers and his cardio will be a massive advantage.
“Unfortunately for him, he’s fighting me on Saturday night,” Sanchez said to MMA Fighting. “He’s fighting a guy that has gas tank. He’s fighting the guy who has the experience. He is fighting a guy who’s healthy with a completely hydrated brain. He’s fighting this guy that’s just cultivating and storing this energy getting ready for battle. I don’t know what his plan is but it doesn’t matter to me. I’m ready for everything that he’s bringing. I’m ready, I’m prepared. I’ve trained. I bring the real true warrior mentality in the cage.
“I don’t look at it as a sport of athletes, I don’t look at it as time to dance. Would we dance on the battlefield if I was coming at you with a sword? Hell no. Hell no you wouldn’t. That’s what I’m coming with this mindset. There is no referee, there is no crowd. There is no fans, there are no lights, there is nobody. Two men go in and one comes out. That’s all I have on my mind going into this fight. I’m better than I’ve ever been right now. It’s going to be a good night for me in my hometown.”
Diego Sanchez is confident he will get his hand raised and expects to do it violently.
“Come Saturday night, Michel Pereira will have to lean the valuable lesson that he has to learn,” Sanchez explained. “For I have learned my lessons. I have taken the wisdom with me and I have it in my back pocket. I know what I’m doing. I’m on weight. I’m ready to go. No injuries and healthy. Ready to die in that cage if I have to. Truly not fearful of death.
“I know when I step into that Octagon, I’m going to let it go. I’m going to unload the clips. Michel Pereira will not be standing up. He will be on the ground in a pool of blood.”
Although he has violent intentions for the scrap, Sanchez makes it clear if Pereira misses weight he won’t accept the scrap.
“If he misses weight for this fight, there will be no fight,” Sanchez said. “I’ll take my show money and say see you later. I’ll fight in another month. Back to Brazil with no money. He will not come to my hometown, he will not come disrespect a 35-fight veteran of the Zuffa banner, by missing weight.
“I will not accept this even if it’s by one pound. Even if it’s by .2 of a pound. I will not accept this. I’m letting it be known in the media now. So that if it does happen, it has been said. It has been spoken. It is my decision. He will have to learn the hard way that he is a middleweight and not a welterweight.”
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