It might surprise you to hear that Diego Sanchez doesn’t believe he has taken a lot of damage during his long UFC career.
Sanchez, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off a second straight decision loss to Myles Jury this past March. He will return to action later this year at UFC Fight Night when he meets Ross Pearson.
Known for his ability to go all-out, Sanchez recently told FOXSports.com that, despite many gruesome battles that have left him a bloody mess, he doesn’t feel like much damage has been done to his brain.
“To be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve been hit very hard,” Sanchez said. “I took a couple of hard hits (at welterweight), and of course BJ (Penn) hit me hard, but aside from that, I think it’s more cuts than anything.
“I’m not taking a lot of damage. I’ve never felt foggy after a fight. I’ve never had a concussion in a fight and I’ve never been knocked out.”
With the recent mass study to determine brain damage inflicted on fighters and other athletes, “The Dream” doesn’t sound like he’s willing to help further the evidence.
“As far as taking all the trauma, no, that’s not the issue,” he said. “It’s the cuts.”
During his loss to Jury, Sanchez was cut immediately after taking a shot. He feels the amount of scar tissue used to repair his wounds is becoming a problem, and mentioned having surgery in the future.
“Taking the cuts that I am, I’m always battling the judges and it just hinders me,” Sanchez said. “I’m getting to that point in my career where that might be a better option for me.”
Since that infamous 2009 loss to Penn for the UFC lightweight title, each of the last seven fights Sanchez has had went to the scorecards. He is 3-4 during that time.
Chael Sonnen has taken to Twitter and is running a contest in the lead-up to his May encounter with Wanderlei Silva.
The two will square off in Brazil at UFC Fight Night, but Sonnen doesn’t seem so sure that “The Axe Murderer” will make it there.
“Contest Announcement: Be the first to name the fake injury Wanderlei uses to weasel out of our fight,” he posted on Twitter.
There were plenty of issues getting the Sonnen-Silva fight signed, but UFC president Dana White constantly stated it had more to do with issues in Brazil than Silva himself. Sonnen, though, didn’t buy it and continually called him out for not signing the contract until recently.
Feel free to look up Sonnen on Twitter and provide your answer. Who knows, you might actually win something.
Contest Announcement: Be the first to name the fake injury Wanderlei uses to weasel out of our fight…
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 1, 2014
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still plans to make a return to the Octagon at least once before he retires, but he is already looking into a possible second career – one that is “a family business.”
It appears that Silva’s brothers and nephews are police officers, and his uncle wished that he would become one, as well.
“I train every morning, take my kids to school and go to police school. I’m studying at the Los Angeles School Police Department. I’m studying to become a police officer.”
Silva continued, stating “it’s a personal wish, something that will make my uncle happy. My brothers are police officers, my nephews; it’s a family thing.” He did say he has no plans to actually put on the official uniform and become a member of the law enforcement community.
The 38-year-old Silva (33-6) is rehabbing from a broken leg suffered last December when he lost for a second straight time to Chris Weidman for the UFC title. Initial reports had him returning before the end of 2014, but “The Spider” has since stated he does not intent to fight again this year.
Along with his “wish” of the man who raised him in Brazil, Silva also has a budding acting career and a desire to face former boxing world champion Roy Jones, Jr.
There seems to be some contradicting reports concerning Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Paige VanZant.
In an interview recently, Urijah Faber stated that VanZant would not be part of the cast for the all-female season and that she was instead signed directly to the UFC’s strawweight roster.
“Paige has now signed straight with the UFC,” Faber told BloodyElbow.com.
However, on Twitter, VanZant seemed surprised by the news.
When a fan asked posted to her “Sad to hear you won’t be part of TUF 20 but very excited to hear you are being signed,” VanZant replied back, “Where can I find the article?”
She added a post saying “Rumors have started ciculating that I will not be on TUF 20. I have not been told this information and as of now will be on the show” but later deleted it. Below is a picture VanZant posted back in February of her official UFC contract.
The fighter is just 20 years old, having celebrated her birthday a few days ago. She is 3-1 in her MMA career, including a 2013 loss to Tecia Torres.
— Paige Vanzant (@PAIGEVANZANT) February 19, 2014
Miesha Tate will be featured in the upcoming video game, “EA Sports UFC,” which is set for release this spring.
Numerous shots of the fighters’ in-game look have been revealed, with Tate being the latest.
The one-time UFC title contender will return to the Octagon later this year when he faces Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX: Werdum vs. Browne in the co-main event.