Poor Diego Sanchez. He was one of the original TUF golden boys, but now he’s spending half his time headlining fight night calibre cards. Even though he’s been facing top flight competition (Guida, Kampmann, the upcoming Ellenberger), he’s getting nowhere near the same kind of attention as some of the guys he beat back in the day. Guys like Nick Diaz. Here he is sounding totally okay with that:

Man, everybody out there, straight up, I don’t like to hear this crap about Nick Diaz.  I’m hearing this stuff on Sherdog, “Oh Diego Sanchez and Nick Diaz…gotta pick Nick Diaz, that was a long time ago and he’s gotten so much better”.  You know what man, we’ve all gotten better.  Styles make fights! I’m still a guy that’s gonna take down Nick Diaz, I’m still a guy that’s gonna push the pace on Nick Diaz, I’m still the guy that’s tough enough to take Nick Diaz’s little pitter-patter punches.  Styles make fights.  Nick Diaz has this grappling that’s on point and so do I.  We get back in there again, I’m going to kick his ass again.

MMA math may not always be right, but I have a hard time figuring out how Diego beats Nick when Nick trounced BJ who beat Diego. Six years is a long time and a lot has changed since the last time Sanchez and Diaz faced off. Nick has risen above the competition while Diego has been having a hard time keeping up with it.