Tag:diego sanchez
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:54 pm

Diego Sanchez has Cast Removed

October 26, 2011 Penny Buffington - PennyJoMMA 

Albuquerque, N.M. – Top UFC Welterweight contender Diego “The Dream” Sanchez had a cast removed from his right hand yesterday, clearing him to resume full training activities.

Sanchez was slated to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 when he suffered a broken bone in his right hand on Sept. 5, forcing him out of the fight.

Even though he has been injured, Sanchez has continued to train full-time, staying in pique physical condition.

“I feel great,” Sanchez said. “In some senses, this injury has been a blessing, because I’ve been forced to train in ways and on things that I never before had thought of or considered. I truly feel as going though this injury is going to make me a better fighter in the long run.”

“I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon and compete. I think the fans will like what they see too,” he added.

No new fight has yet been scheduled for Sanchez, who holds a 25-4 career record.

Posted on: September 25, 2011 4:08 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 4:14 pm

9/25- Today Frankie Edgar & Chael Sonnen: MMA2DAY

MMA2DAY Show Special Guests Sunday September 25 Frankie Edgar & Chael  Sonnen

BOTH UFC FIGHTERS NEXT FIGHT :UFC 136 October 8, 2011, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Frankie Edgar Lightweight Title Holder 13-1-1 fighting: UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III

Main card

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

 Preliminary card (Facebook)


MMA2DAY Show airs on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida as well as live on the internet. Sundays @ 7pm eastern time -4pm pacific time

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Show Hosts: Jim Sweet, Tom Caprio Guest Co Host- Cole Miller,

Executive Producer: Penny Buffington

MMA2DAY Show a Sweet Sports and Entertainment Production began airing June 6, 2010. 

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Some Past Guests:


Jeff Monson   Jen Boronico   Tony Johnson   Travis Browne   Daniel Cormier   Marcus DaMatta   Bruce Buffer   Cole Miller   Jessica Aguilar   Shonie Carter 

Cung Le

Matt Hughes

Clay Guida

Jake Shields

Lacey Schuckman

Angela Magana

Sarah Kaufman

Chael Sonnen,

Jacob “Stitch” Duran

Brian Stann

Shane Del Rasario

Vladimir Matyushenko

Steve Mazzagatti

Joe Soto

David Mitchell

Spencer Paige

Mark Stevens

Rich Attonito

Josh Thompson

Mike Guymon

Billy Evangelista

Igor Almeida

KJ Noons

Donovan Craig

Diego Sanchez

Jorge Rivera

Fight Time Promotion’s CEO/Founder- Howard Davis Jr

Miesha Tate

Mike Bruno

Tim Kennedy

Dan Henderson

Mike Miller, Owner/Promoter of X-1 World Events

Gilbert Melendez

Erik Paulson

Danny Downes

Fabricio Werdum

Justin Wilcox

Gray Maynard

Jeremy Stephens

Jimmy Ninja Chaikong

Anthony Pettis

Nick Hinchliffe

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney

Mike Van Arsdale

Michael Shoffner

Kim Couture

Rich Franklin

Rashad Evans

Bellator Announcer- Sean Wheelock

Ronnie Mann

Thiago Alves

Mike Swick

Posted on: March 12, 2011 1:32 pm

MMA2DAY Special Guest Sun. March 13: Gilbert Mele

MMA2DAY Special Guest Sun. March 13: Gilbert Melendez!

Gilbert Melendez (18-2) will make the second defense of his STRIKEFORCE Lightweight World Title against the powerful Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2) 

Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley

MMA2DAY Show LIVE 7pm eastern time 4 pm pacific   MMA2DAY Show airs on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida as well as live on the internet.

MMA2DAY Show is a Sweet Sports & Entertainment Production
  Show Hosts Jim Sweet, Tom Caprio & Rusty MallettExecutive Producer: Penny Buffington Past Guests: Jessica Aguilar, Shonie Carter, Travis Browne, Cung Le, Matt Hughes, Clay Guida, Jake Shields, Lacey Schuckman, Angela Magana, Sarah Kaufman, Chael Sonnen, Jacob "Stitch" Duran, Brian Stann, Shane Del Rasario, Vladimir Matyushenko,Steve Mazzagatti, Joe Soto, David Mitchell, Jeff Monson, Spencer Paige, Mark Stevens, Rich Attonito, Josh Thompson, Mike Guymon,Billy Evangelista, Igor Almeida , KJ Noons, Donovan Craig, Diego Sanchez, Jorge Rivera, Fight Time Promotion's  CEO/Founder- Howard Davis Jr, Miesha Tate, Mike Bruno, Tim Kennedy, Dan Henderson, Mike Miller, Owner/Promoter of X-1 World Events
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:28 pm

Sanchez: “If one particular takedown doesn’t work

Sanchez: “If one particular takedown doesn’t work I have 10 different takedowns”

Written by Penny Buffington

Diego “The Dream” Sanchez is ready to fight his first UFC Fight since deserting his previous nickname “The Nightmare” and reinventing himself as “The Dream”.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and VERSUS announced today that the UFC event airing this Thursday, March 3, will be broadcast in 3D for the first-time ever. The highly-anticipated card, which is headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Sanchez confirmed to Penny Buffington executive producer of MMA2DAY Show he is in fact now known as “The Dream”.

Earlier in the month Diego gave reasons for no longer wanting to be known as “The Nightmare” during an interview with MMA2DAY Show and at a UFC media conference he explained, “I let the Nightmare go because, to me I see some negative in it, And a nightmare, you know, it’s something negative and kind of like – kind of evil and I don’t want to represent that. I want to represent positivity and I want to represent the good and, I look back on my whole career, I’m like the nightmare? The nightmare was myself. I was the – I was my own nightmare. And, all the times that I fell off track, you know what I mean, and got into drinking and, you know, got into smoking weed, got into – you know, the things that brought me down. The partying, that was my nightmare. I was my own nightmare.”

Sanchez has a mixed martial arts record of 24 – 4 – 0. This will be his 3rd. welterweight fight since moving back up from the lightweight division. His last fight in Oct. was a decisive win over Paulo Thiago. “To all the people out there who saw me in my last fight and liked my performance and actual style of how I fought. This time around I have totally reinvented myself. I am settled in now at the 170 pound weight class right now so I am walking around at 195. I have been doing lots and lots of weights and lots of wrestling. I am used to handling the guys who are much larger opponents like Rashad Evans and Andrei Arlovski. I go with those guys on a daily basis: Jon Jones, My roommate is Willie Parks. He was on the olympic team. He wrestled for Iowa State and he is a grunt. He wrestled like 185 and I am wrestling with this guy everyday and honestly we got back to our true wresting roots. The real true wrestling style.”

“If one particular takedown doesn’t work I have 10 different takedowns. I have a lot of different ways to mix my wrestling with my style of striking also.”

“I am one of the people who is blessed with…I don’t know…but when I gain my weight I don’t lose speed. I think speed is something that is within your mind. That is where your speed comes from. When I am at 170 I have to constantly be doing a lot of kettlebells a lot of weight lifting and that makes me more explosive because I am a lot stronger.”

The season 1 winner of The Ultimate Fighter has moved back home near his family, friends and Jackson’s MMA. “That is where I started was at Greg Jackson’s so when I came back I was like you know what this is my gym. I gotta represent. Before I can be a world champion out in the real world I have got to be a world champion at my gym. When I have got the best guys in the world and I am training with them everyday, you see, I keep the mentality, Alright well, I am going to get a takedown every single round and I am going to win every single round. I am going to try to get up on points and win every round. It’s hard over here because most of these guys are 185 pounders 205 pounders and we are banging hard. So you have to have that mentality the number one thing is to be on top of your wrestling and your conditioning.”

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann has a mixed martial arts record of 17-4-0 and trains out of Las Vegas at Xtreme Couture.

As Sanchez explains he believes he deserves the win, “You know, Penny, mentally in my mind I just feel I’ve earned the W. I just work hard and I feel like I’ve done extra things, like lifting weights after training, like going and running the mountains when I don’t have to. And like the little extra things that even my team mates don’t do: going to wrestling practice with the high school wrestling team, like the little small things that I do extra on top of my regular training are the things that give me the confidence and the mental edge to say, you know what, I sacrificed enough to feel in my heart and so that I earn the victory.”

“With all my fighting experience I’ve had in the ring, that’s what it is, it comes down to the training and that’s all it really is. And, you know, now with Greg Jackson we have a great game plan. And that was something that I never had before, I never had a game plan. I never did game plans. I’d just get in there and scrap. We have a great game plan, we put together a great camp for this fight and I’ve been very very blessed to have all my training partners have fights too. I’ve had plenty of training partners and we all work really hard and I hope they all win and hope I win and I have a lot of respect for Martin. I know he’s a hard worker also.”

After tuff times Diego is feeling mentally strong now. “After the John Hathaway loss, I hit rock bottom after the BJ Penn fight, I really did. I blew through all my money, I really just – I made some very bad decisions. I fell into – I had this scam artist scam me real bad. I was embezzled over $175,000. I really got – hit rock bottom and I had to come back home. I needed my family love and, you know what I mean, I just was humbled 100%.”

“I was humbled back down to zero, you know what I mean? I had no ego, no nothing, just humble and that’s what – after the John Hathaway loss, I was still in the funk. I was still in the funk for John Hathaway. I was training. I was going to the bar and drinking beer after training. I didn’t even take him seriously at all. I though, you know what I mean, I’m going to go in there and I’m going to knock this guy out, I’m going to take him down, and, you know, first round I got hit with the knee in the face real hard and, I couldn’t recover from it.”

“And I wasn’t in the physical shape or the spiritual or the mental. I shouldn’t have been in the ring for that fight period and after that fight I said, you know what, I’m going to get back to what got me there and that was Greg Jackson, high altitude, and just earning it.”

To hear Diego’s interview with MMA2DAY in it’s in its entirety http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StQTKRJan-A

Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:00 pm

Diego Sanchez Interview with MMA2DAY 1/30/2011

Diego Sanchez Interview with MMA2DAY 1/30/2011

Diego Sanchez interviews about his upcoming main event UFC fight against Martin Kampmann March 3. Airing on Versus.

Great interview with Diego..though I do apologize for the host calling Greg Jackson Craig!! lol He blamed it on vicadins and bruised ribs.

Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:03 pm

Diego Sanchez tells MMA2DAY:

Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez has moved back to New Mexico, has a new training camp and a fight coming in Oct.

Please go to http://www.pennyjomma.com/ for details.

Posted on: September 10, 2009 10:00 am
Posted on: May 26, 2009 11:32 pm

Faith; through the eyes of the “Nightmare”

                       Faith; through the eyes of the “Nightmare”

Exclusive interview with Diego Sanchez

Written by Penny Buffington

Ever wonder why an athlete who is about to fight in a mixed martial arts event would be giving glory to God?  UFC fighter Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez gives a look into what his faith means to him and why he always gives the glory to God.  Diego explains; to him faith is a matter of religion as well as a spiritual thing. “I consider myself a believer. I believe in Jesus Christ and that he died on the cross for our sins that is what my fundamental belief is. Religion is spiritual. I do go to Church and I do read the Bible. I do study because that is the word of God and you should. But of course it is a spiritual thing.”

The 27 year old UFC mixed martial arts fighters parents brought him up to “believe” in God and his son Jesus Christ, lovingly teaching him the ways of the Bible. “It is what I was born into. Mom had a big influence on teaching me the right way. My parents were Catholics growing up and then they converted to Christians whenever they were pregnant with me.”

Even though “Nightmares” parents wanted him to believe, it really is a choice that had to be made by Diego himself.  “You know many things have happened in my life. The trials the tribulations, everybody has their stories, where they went wrong and what they did wrong. As for me, I am the type of person I want to find out on my own. And time and time again God has always let me know from what my Mom and Dad was telling me from the beginning was always the truth.  But you know being a kid and being kind of stubborn you want to find out the truth for yourself. Usually in most cases you need to learn the hard way. And I did!”

“Getting into my older age I am starting to finally find wisdom and make better decisions and smarter choices.” Diego admits to making mistakes, “From my turning my back on the laws of God; dancing with the devil and temptation and sin.  That wasn’t going to do anything; but digging myself into a hole, that I would eventually have to pull myself out of.  Lucky for us we have a very forgiving God. That is why he gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins.”

As for Church Diego says, “ I go to The Rock in San Diego and when I am in different places I go to different churches.”

Diego believes in making time to dedicate thoughts and prayers to God. “I do tai chi and I do Qigong energy meditation and I always incorporate my scripture into everything that I do. Whether it be running on the treadmill. Whether it be working out. I’m always constantly reciting scriptures in my mind and communicating with God. Another thing that I recently started to do was writing down all my prayers in a notepad.  I’ve had huge success with that by writing everything down.”

Diego starts his day with a text message from his boxing coach. “My boxing coach sends me Bible verses. He text messages me bible verses every morning.  I read those and I start my day out like that. I try to get a little wisdom from what he sends me. I’m also looking into joining a Bible study fellowship. Ali does it, so I want to start doing that with her.” Diego’s girlfriend is Ali Sonoma, a former UFC octagon ring girl.

Being a Christian isn’t all that complicated to Diego, “Christian is basically, following the 10 commandments, that is basically what it comes down to.”

Before and after every fight Diego Sanchez can be heard giving all the glory to God. He explains, "I’m giving the glory to him. I am thankful for everything. I give him the victory. I do not consider the victory as mine. It is his. I envision being one of his warriors and giving him the glory, “HIM”.  Saying look, this win wasn’t really me winning, it was him winning, through me, by me giving and putting it out there so people can say, look, this guy is giving God credit for his victory.”
The finale thoughts Diego shared with me were, “No matter how down and out you are all things are possible through Jesus Christ. I’m a true witness to that. I have a great life. It’s all because of him. I give him the glory. I give him the credit.” Next time you hear a fighter mentioning God remember that faith is a beautiful thing. Any time someone wants to give God a shout out, it’s a good thing!
Diego praying in the UFC octagon before an event, picture taken and provided by Kasey Anne Leech:






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