Friday, March 4, 2011

Diego Sanchez Wins in UFC

Diego Sanchez Wins in UFC - That's because "The Hitman" was in a virtual nightmare when the cageside judges awarded a unanimous decision win to "The Dream" following their welterweight headliner at the UFC on Versus 3 event earlier tonight (March 3) from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Dane looked "great" early on, lighting Sanchez up with a patient striking attack and superb takedown defense. The former lightweight battled back towards the end of round two, but despite a late flurry, seemed to be much worse for the wear.

In fact, by the end of the fight, he looked like an extra from the Albuquerque Chainsaw Massacre, sporting a purple grapefruit under both eyes and drooling blood.

But it was likely his trademark aggression and third round blitzkrieg that convinced the judges he won the fight. And judging by the amount of boo-birds in attendance, not everyone was happy with the decision.


That includes Kampmann, who looked visibly distraught in his post-fight comments with color commentator Joe Rogan. Did his fading gas tank and hit-and-run offense cost him the fight?

Either way, Sanchez looks to have made good on his promise to remain in the welterweight division and deliver exciting fights. It will be interesting to see how the promotion matches him up in is next outing.

Diego Sanchez was bruised and bloodied in a close fight with Martin Kampmann, but he ended up pulling out the unanimous decision win at UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.

After getting rocked by a strong shot in the first round, Sanchez recovered and turned up the pace in the remaining two rounds to get the win.
Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez at UFC Versus 3

Martin Kampmann pushes the action against Diego Sanchez

Sanchez came out with the typical mean scowl and Kampmann worked the jab early. Sanchez worked to get a takedown, but Kampmann kept the fight standing. A ferocious straight right by Kampmann dropped Sanchez at just under two minutes in, but the Team Jackson fighter recovered, getting back to his feet shortly thereafter. The blow bloodied up Sanchez’s mouth and Kampmann continued to pick his shots. All first round takedown attempts by Sanchez were stuffed by his opponent and the two walked to their corners at the end of the opening five minutes with Kampmann up 10-9.


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