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Diego Sanchez needs to stop listening to his corner

Back when Diego Sanchez lost to Jon Fitch, I blamed it on his new coaches, the Riberio brothers, emphasizing jiu jitsu fundamentals over … uuh, kicking people’s asses? Sanchez spent the whole fight attempting BJJ magic from the bottom while Jon Fitch slowly but surely punched him in the face enough times to win a decision.

And tonight during the TUF 7 finale, Diego knocked Luigi on his fucking ass and drove him into the cage. And what are the Ribeiros yelling at him? “Go to side control … get to mount!” Hey, I don’t want to downplay the strategic importance of an improved position, but when you’ve got a guy hurt you don’t really have a lot of time to capitalize. Diego listened to his corner and tried to improve his position instead of trying to finish his opponent off with strikes. And Fioravanti managed to tie him up and used the time to recover.

Now my crystal ball is out at the shop getting fixed – I threw it against the wall when Roger Huerta knocked Clay Guida out way back when. So I don’t really know what might have happened if Diego had continued to rain down strikes instead of working on improving his position. But in my opinion, it was a dumb fucking move and it’s indicative what Diego SHOULDN’T be doing in fights. The contender Diego – the one who beat Karo Parisyan and Joe Riggs and that poor Swedish sacrificial lamb – is aggressive and high paced. The Diego that lost to Koscheck was timid, and the Diego that lost to Fitch was a Diego that was so obsessed with working his grappling that he forgot what made him successful.

  • RL Dookiefuck

    Uh Diego would have finished the fight earlier in the second round if he had listened to them and held on for position instead of trying so hard to finish with punches or submission attempts before establishing a dominant position. There were SO MANY times when Fiorivanti was able to get out of a bad position because Diego was going for the win before establishing control.


    Fiorivanti looked rather soft, especially for a lighter weight class. Not very athletic… Sanchez will stay but he will get blown out as he steps up. That division is murder..

  • fightfan

    Did anyone catch, at the end of the Sanchez fight, jsut before they went to commercial…….

    They said something about coming up next….an announcement about Florian vs Sanchez??????? I thought I was sniffing some glue or going a little crazy, until someone from another chat said they seen it too??????

    Anyone else see that?

  • MadMan

    Diego seemed a little out of control in his takedown
    attempts…other than that he fought masterfully, as usual.

    Didn’t hear about Sanchez-Florian, but that’s a fight that i would love to see. I’m expecting Florian to eek
    out a win against Huerta, but I would take Sanchez if he and Florian were to fight.

  • Big D

    TTTTTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKK U Fightlinker this is exactly what I have been thinking. His striking has always been good (not great) but good and his take downs have looked better in the past.