- Diego Sanchez is looking to fight at least two more times in Eagle FC
- Sanchez wants a rematch with fellow ex-UFC star Kevin Lee
Eagle FC has given Diego Sanchez a new lease on life after almost two years of being out of action. The 40-year-old headlined Eagle FC’s first-ever super lightweight bout against Kevin Lee.
Sanchez lost to Lee via unanimous decision, but the TUF 1 Champion is aiming for a second showdown.
Diego Sanchez wants to redeem himself
Barring the disqualification of Michael Pereira at UFC Fight Night 167, Diego Sanchez has not tasted a clean victory since 2019. Fortunately, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC handed “The Nightmare” a shot and slated him for a 165-pound bout against Kevin Lee at Eagle FC 46.
However, Sanchez fell short-handed and lost to Lee via unanimous decision. Despite losing in his Eagle FC debut, the former UFC star remains confident that he can redeem himself.
According to Sanchez, he’ll be at his best form when he makes his return.
“When I come back for my second Eagle FC fight because I have two more fights on my contract, you’re going to see the real Diego Sanchez,” Sanchez said post-fight. “You’re going to see me in my top physical prime condition and I’m gonna do anything and everything to get there and I’m gonna come and I’m gonna be victorious.”
Sanchez and Lee squared off for three rounds. Though “The Motown Phenom” appeared to have hurt his leg early in the fight, he managed to bounce back and dominate Sanchez.
Reflecting On His Eagle FC Debut
Assessing his performance, “The Nightmare” reckoned that he found the holes in Lee’s game and would like to have a rematch. Sanchez reiterated that he will be in a much better shape when it happens.
“Some people told me that they thought I won the second round, that it should have been 29-28, but like I said, this isn’t the best Diego Sanchez ever,” Sanchez revealed. “I sucked it up and got it done. I got in the best shape I could in five weeks and coming out of retirement, coming out of the hospital.
“I’m not done here,” he added. “I still see that golden Eagle FC championship belt. I know what I’m capable of and I want to get back in there with Kevin Lee. That’s a fight I want. I want that fight, I want to fight him in my top, prime condition. I feel like I’ve seen what he has to bring to the table. He couldn’t get me out of there. He threw everything he had at me and I found some chinks in his armor. I want to get back in there with Kevin Lee.”
Sanchez and Lee have put on quite a show in their Eagle FC debut. Despite battering up one another inside the cage, the pair developed a mutual respect after the fight.