Diego Sanchez: “I feel like that lightweight belt’s there for the taking.”

After seeing the UFC On FOX 7 championship fight between current Defending Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez, UFC veteran Diego Sanchez says there are ways to beat the Henderson. After a run at welterweight, Sanchez has decided to return to lightweight and he plans on making a run at the title. While an opponent for Sanchez hasn’t been named, he is expected to be fighting at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and to him this is the first step in a journey toward lightweight gold.

He told MMAJunkieSonnen;

“After watching Benson Henderson’s performance against Gilbert Melendez, I must say, I wasn’t impressed. I see a lot of holes in his game, and I feel like that belt’s there for the taking.”

On Henderson being one of the greats:

“I don’t see that. I see a man who is growing in his martial arts experience. A great fighter, but I see holes in his game, and I really felt he lost that fight to Gilbert.”

On Henderson’s choices in the Melendez fight:

“He’s strong, but in the Gilbert fight, he didn’t try to do one takedown the whole fight, which I think a champion would see, ‘I’m not dominating this fight in the standup, so let’s work for something else. Let’s try to change it up and at least get some points.’ At least try to win some rounds more convincingly, the way he did with Jim Miller. But he was just very content in his striking style and throwing the kicks. I saw it as a mediocre performance, and I think I can get in there and beat this guy.”

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