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.