38-year-old UFC veteran Diego Sanchez is no longer chasing UFC gold. “The Nightmare” feels his “destiny has changed” and is simply content with being called “great.”
- Sanchez got his start in the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter tournament/reality show, which debuted in 2005. He is a member of the first-ever cast of fighters and he ended up winning the entire contest as a middleweight.
- Throughout his 15 years in the UFC, Sanchez has competed in four weight classes: middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight. He had one shot at a UFC championship when he fought B.J. Penn for the lightweight title in 2009. Sanchez lost via fifth-round TKO.
- Today, Sanchez is the last remaining member from the TUF 1 cast in the UFC’s active roster. He is set to make his 30th Octagon appearance this Saturday at UFC 253 against Jake Matthews.