Tuf 1 winner and fan favorite, Diego Sanchez, took to Twitter to announce after just one stint in the featherweight division, he will be moving back up to the 155 pound lightweight division. After a unanimous decision loss to Ricardo Lamas, Sanchez stated that the extra 10 pound weight cut took too much of a toll on his body, especially without the IVs due to the new IV bans that have been set in place.

Sanchez is 2-4 in his last 6 bouts dating back to 2012, with his two wins being controversial decision wins. There is no word on who Sanchez’s next opponent will be at lightweight, but at this point in his career, it can be assumed that Sanchez will want an intriguing name to add to his resume and to try and put on a fight of the night.

A possible bout that would make sense for Sanchez would be a fight against another veteran and crowd-pleaser in Joe Lauzon. They were both set to fight at UFC 180 in Mexico last year until both men suffered injuries and had to pull out. Lauzon is coming off of a loss as well and with both fighters not being ranked and their exciting style of fighting, it definitely makes  sense.

Stay tuned as Sanchez’s move back to the lightweight continues to develop.

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Jake Schneider
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Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.