- Anthony Smith thinks Diego Sanchez is already slowing down and was badly beaten in his BKFC debut against Austin Trout
- “Lionheart” pointed out an important factor in Sanchez’s Vaseline accusation against Trout
UFC veteran Diego Sanchez made the headlines this past weekend but not because of his performance in his BKFC debut. Instead, “The Nightmare” became a hot subject for his Vaseline allegation against his opponent Austin Trout.
Anthony Smith shared his take on the matter and concluded two things. First, Sanchez is already declining and his Vaseline complaint could be valid after all.
It’s nearing its end
Speaking on Bisping and Smith’s “Believe You Me” podcast, “Lionheart” said he has the utmost respect for Sanchez but his performance against Trout clearly stated that he’s nearing the end of his career.
“Man, I love Diego. It’s tough to see him continue fighting especially in bare knuckle. No disrespect but he’s very clearly slowed down. He’s diminishing as he’s gotten older. He still got pretty good chin though, I’ll give him that. He took some hard shots from a heavy-hitter in Austin Trout,” Smith said.
Maybe Diego’s argument makes sense
As for the Vaseline accusation, Smith said that based on the video Sanchez publicized; Trout’s cornerman was indeed applying some stuff on him. However, it will all boil down to what BKFC’s handbook states about Vaseline usage.
“I think the biggest storyline though from this fight was the Vaseline thing and you see Diego come out with a statement and all that stuff and I mean to be fair I think sometimes Diego does get dismissed a little bit when he says the things that he says and sounds a little bit crazy or whatever but then you go back and watch the video, there is video there of the coach putting a bunch of Vaseline in his hands and then rubbing it down [Trout’s] neck and his shoulder blades so, to be honest, I don’t know the rules in bare knuckle so, I don’t know if that is illegal or not. If it is illegal then I do think that Diego has a case,” Smith explained.
Sanchez said that he’s planning to talk to his lawyers about the matter and he wants BKFC to overturn his loss to Trout. It can be recalled that the attending physician was prompted to stop the fight after Sanchez suffered serious damages in the face in Round 4 of their Bareknuckle Mania 3 bout.
Before joining BKFC, Sanchez fought under Eagle FC where he lost to fellow former UFC fighter Kevin Lee via unanimous decision. He currently holds a pro-MMA record of 30-14.