Diego Sanchez vs Donald Cerrone is in negotiations for May 8th. A much-discussed legends matchup has been in the works for Sanchez with multiple opponents discussed.
Cerrone certainly fits the bill for this kind of a prizefight. A fight that likely signifies the MMA retirement bout of Diego Sanchez.
MMA Fighting reported that verbal agreements are in place for a clash at 170 lbs between these two warriors. I had theorized in a previous article that Cowboy Cerrone was the likeliest candidate for Nightmare‘s swan song and here we are.
Diego Sanchez vs Donald Cerrone
Diego Nightmare Sanchez has competed across four weight divisions throughout his octagon tenure. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight and has competed as low as featherweight.
Sanchez is a former UFC lightweight title challenger, falling short to then-champion BJ Penn at UFC 107.
Diego Sanchez has notched meaningful wins against Kenny Florian, Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan, Martin Kampmann, Takanori Gomi, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida (which garnered him a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame) to name a few.
Diego Sanchez took to his personal social media to touch on the rumblings of a Cowboy bout. And also offer well wishes for the recently defeated Conor McGregor.
@TheNotoriousMMA I know your last fight was not your best showing, stand tall you are a legend & will continue to have more legendary success! It looks to be cowboy for my UFC finale. Sanchez versus McGregor will always be in the ether! HMU in the dm I might Have a bone for you.
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) February 4, 2021
Cerrone has contended for both the WEC lightweight world title and the UFC lightweight world title throughout his career.
Donald Cerrone has earned significant victories over Benson Henderson, James Krause, Jamie Varner, Chris Horodecki, Charles Oliveira, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Patrick Cote, and Matt Brown to name a few.
Sanchez is the longest-tenured UFC fighter having been there since 2005, but he has gone 1-2 across his last few outings. That lone win came via disqualification from an illegal knee to Michel Pereira last February.
Cerrone has posted up a record of 0-4 with one contest across his last five bouts. Cowboy last tasted victory inside the cage against Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 9 in May 2019.
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