Regardless of how dopey he looks with a mariachi mustache, there’s nothing dopey about the idea of a lightweight Diego Sanchez:
“Close isn’t close enough. I’m just going to have to go back to work and get stronger and come back,” said Sanchez. “I’m contemplating in my mind whether I’m going to drop to 55 (155 pounds) or not because I am really a smaller welterweight, but its either that or start powerlifting and get a little stronger because I felt not as strong in there as I should have been.”
In the past I’ve been critical about fighters who drop weight after hitting a few bumps in their current division. I won’t name any names, but I’m talking about Mike Swick. But now I’m starting to think that I’m not against changing weight classes, I’m against changing weight classes into the welterweight division. It’s so fucking stacked in there that it’s impossible to keep a streak going. It’s by far the best weight class in the UFC.
I’d say the lightweight division is probably third on the list, after the Light Heavyweight division. LHW is on the edge of exploding, they’ve got so many big names and star power. Lightweight is the opposite: they’ve got tons of guys with lots of skill, but not any marquee names they can rest the division on. That’s why with Sean Sherk out (soon), who the fuck are they gonna have fight BJ for the vacant belt?
That’ll change in the next year with guys like Spencer Fisher, Kenny Florian, Clay Guida, and Tyson Griffin coming into their own. But for now, a guy like Diego who was two wins away from a title shot at Welterweight could immediately step up to the plate and be ready to challenge for the lightweight belt before the snow melts in Canada this spring. Well, depending on how global warming affects things.