UFC veteran Diego Sanchez’s most recent loss renewed the debate about whether the MMA legend should retire.
Sanchez, 38, fought against Jake Matthews at UFC 253 and lost via UD. The loss was his 13th in his whole career and a lot of fans were saying that it is time for “The Nightmare” to put an end to his MMA career.
Recently Sanchez himself admitted that he fought Matthews with a torn labrum which affected its performance.
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Warriors don’t always win they do however always survive! I took a fight on the other side of the world on a months notice, fought my fourth primed 26 year old out of the last five opponents. With a torn labrum in my left hip! I positively pressed the fight with a streaking 5-1 welterweight prospect. Had a face to face with @danawhite with not one negative word only respect and love. I might have some haters but that’s only a accurate identification of successfulness. Made it my 36 trip to the octagon. Today I will get treatment on my torn labrum @utahstemcells @jon_anik was incorrect during fight commentary as he credited stem cell for helping me in between fights. This is my first partnership with a stem cell facility and am very excited to see how this treatment can help extend my longevity. #thestoriesofstoriescontinues
Based off these comments, it certainly doesn’t sound like Diego’s thinking about retiring in the short-term future. Sanches’s last victory came against Michel Pereira at UFC Fight Night 167 this past February.
Recently it became clear that Conor McGregor wanted to fight the vet and even proposed to Dana White to make it a main event, but the President wasn’t on board with “The Notorious” on that one.
To Diego Sanchez…
I seen your recent comments about your final bout and I am in!
After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and you to compete in Dublin. This was back in February when I was working on opposition for my season, pre covid.
Good luck this weekend! pic.twitter.com/Y0hf6Zr7XF
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020