He didn’t succeed massively in his career, losing all the big fights, but one thing you can’t knock on Sanchez is his heart. From the walk up to the cage, excitement is what you know you’re getting in a Diego Sanchez fight (he’s the guy who keeps furiously yelling “Yes!” on his ring walks).
One of the original cast members of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Sanchez was the best coming out of that rookie class and he went on to have a stellar UFC career that saw him beat the likes of Joe Stevenson, Clay Guida and Jim Miller.
Yet neither victories nor losses will define him as a fighter. With Sanchez, the results don’t really matter. It’s the way he fights that he will be remembered by.
Sanchez fights with reckless abandon. He just doesn’t care if he gets battered and beat up, he just wants to fight. When he gets hit, he gets fired up. When he gets cut, his blood boils. If you’ve never seen any of his fights, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Out of nine losses, Sanchez has only been knocked out twice, with the most memorable being against the guy who is number one on this list.