Diego Sanchez is getting hate and praise for the way he handled his UFC Rio Rancho DQ win this past weekend.
In the co-main event, “The Ultimate Fighter” winner was taking on Michel Pereira in a fight he was losing until the Brazilian landed an illegal knee and Sanchez said he couldn’t continue and took the DQ win.
After the fight, Conor McGregor jokingly called out Diego Sanchez on Twitter and the UFC veteran took to Instagram to praise the Irishman.
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Notice the picture was the last picture before fight was ruled a DQ aside from the Cut sustained for the illegal blow my face looks clean as F, aside from the cut sustained by the illegal knee?! Maybe due to my opponents lack of awareness he lost control and did not recognize I went down from knee to the ribs that broke two ribs. He delivered a kill blow too my head with so much force! Who had to take that head damage me. It was not a glancing blow it was flush with full power and connection! It split my wig & The scar will be with me forever! So for me to continue to compete in this head space makes me a coward? No it makes me a #wiseman maybe you should re watch the fight with no sound and witness the improvements in defense and movement when faced against the odds as is! fighting a 26 year old super athletic goliath that out weighs me by 20lbs has 5 inches in reach 5 inches in height, let’s add a uncanny ability to jump and deliver knees. This challenges my ability to get in for a shot, the game has evolved people it’s 2020 not 1996! @dc_mma 50 seconds in you and Trevor Wittman @twittman2 start poisonings the mind of the nation wide cast with your this is hard to watch and strange when I’m not taking damage. Protecting myself while still fighting a man who was not willing to stay the pocket and fight with me. I was sentenced to death in my own back yard, why isn’t anyone seeing this? Notice pereira got a three song custom champion only walk out song for his dance walk out? as if he was @stylebender or Jonathan Jones? This is not normal behavior by @ufc then @mikebisping hyping him up the dancing the flips OMG! Why the push is it @wwe now? All I know is the scar is for life and so is the Win! That makes 31 ufc fights in row why isn’t anyone saying that? It’s kinda some legend shit I’m doing. Well at least the highest paid top tier fight IQ athlete and legendary champion @thenotoriousmma is not blinded by the smear campaign against me my coach manager and mentor @joshuafabiaknowbody & his company @schoolofselfawareness by the media and others?! Thank you @thenotoriousmma you are a wise man too. It’s been 6 years since we put each others names in our destiny
“At least the highest paid top tier fight IQ athlete and legendary champion @thenotoriousmma is not blinded by the smear campaign against me my coach manager and mentor @joshuafabiaknowbody & his company @schoolofselfawareness by the media and others,” Sanchez wrote at the end of his post.
“Thank you @thenotoriousmma you are a wise man too. It’s been 6 years since we put each others names in our destiny,” Sanchez added, referencing his their previous dealings back in 2014.
Diego Sanchez has been defending himself on social media against many fans and fighters who said he quit. He makes it clear he made a ‘veteran decision’ in taking the win, and was worrying about his long-term health.
The DQ win also returned him to the win column after losing to Michael Chiesa at UFC 239. Before that, he had earned a TKO win over Mickey Gall and beat Craig White by decision in his return to the Octagon after the brutal KO loss to Matt Brown. When Sanchez will fight again is to be seen, but for now, he is healing up his injuries.
Conor McGregor, meanwhile, is coming off a 40-second knockout win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 240 in his return to the sport. Before that, his last fight was at UFC 229 when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. When he will fight next is unknown at this time.