Mika Frankl caught up with Donald Sanchez at Jackson’s MMA Acoma to talk about LFA 58, January 25, at the Route 66 Casino. Sanchez will be facing Fernando Padilla. We talk about the upcoming fight, plus we cover Sanchez’s experience with ACB, being part of the first King of Sparta Tournament, and being on AXS TV once again.
Sanchez twice fought for ACB and spoke of how that happened.
“I’m always looking to push myself. They offered this thing out in Russia and none of the guy really wanted to take it at the time. Air quotes, o these guy don’t get drug tested out there, the Russians you know they set this up. That’s perfect, I’d love to go out there and see what I can do, fight their best guys and everything. Went out there fought some tough ass dudes. I had a decent contract with them, went through some personal stuff this past year and a half or so. Trying to get up and going again.”
Friday night, Sanchez, who has around 60 professional fights faces Fernando Padilla, who has eight of his eleven wins by submission.
“Jiu Jitsu always been my thing that’s screwed me over. I been choked out a couple times. I’ve had Jiu Jitsu guy hold me down and I’ll lose a decision. Let’s test myself. Let’s see if I’m here to come back or not.”
LFA 58 takes place at the Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater and is televised on AXS TV. Both are places Sanchez is very familiar with.
“It’s coming back home. I been on the TV portion of AXS TV, since years ago. MFC up in Canada, RFA, Legacy, now it’s LFA all merged together. There’s been a few. I got a good seven to ten fights on AXS TV, it’s cool.”
Full interview is available to view above.
AXS TV Main Card @ 8 PM MST
155: Harvey Park (10-2) vs. Jaleel Willis (9-1)
125: Demetrius Wilson (6-2) vs. Joby Sanchez (11-4)
155: Fernando Padilla (11-3) vs. Donald Sanchez (31-19)
145: Luis Gavinho (8-4) vs. Vincent Fricilone (8-1)
155: Sherwin Price (5-1) vs. Flavian Pilgrim (4-1)
170: Maycon Mendonca (6-4) vs. Josh Moreno (4-0)
145: Natan Levy (2-0) vs. Henry Barahona (3-3)
Prelims @ 6 PM MST
170: Jalin Fuller (0-0) vs. Andrew Lipp (1-1)
125: Javier Cepeda (0-0) vs. Ricky Esquibel (3-2)