When fans consider the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a result of the instant classic. Therefore, its only suiting the first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to leave the UFC. No, I am not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin throughout the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped deliver the UFC into the mainstream. Dana White later called it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. Nonetheless, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was actually the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, having conquered Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown earlier in the evening. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or not used by the UFC, the sole exclusion remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. When the contestants were announced for”The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. As the undefeated King of the Cage champion, he backed up that poetry at the Octagon winning all four of his fights, with three first-round stoppages including a entry over Florian from the Finale. The true main event of that card has been completely overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his career at the time over Ken Shamrock. For the ordinary fight fan Sanchez dominance of this series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 appears like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He’s won a lot of fights and dropped some, hopped divisions, got popped for marijuana, made six”Fight of the Night” bonuses along with two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, missing a lightweight title tip to then-champ BJ Penn, altered his nickname from the”Nightmare” into the”Dream” and back into the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, simply to name a couple. Total going to war within the Octagon on 21 separate events amassing as 14-7 record. Based on his age and durability it was almost expected that Sanchez will be the last fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the entire cast of this series to the scope that Dana White stated that he had been essentially looking to induct the whole TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It has been a well documented success story worthy of fairy tale type end. But what remains to be seen by the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez go out having a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of building upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it is more unlikely that anything of significance will come out of the rest of the period of his formerly famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is equal to that of the majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that many of the TUF 1 cast members moved outside with a whimper facing the exact same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces a daily basis: accidents and age. Nearly all the contestants essentially were forced into retirement. As fans of this UFC, let us expect Diego Sanchez can break this trend and go out with a bang as it’s likely he won’t go out anywhere close to the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the ideal case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this point in his profession. Taking a photo of Sanchez’s professional career, it is likely he’ll leave the UFC kicking and screaming like others before him. What remains to be informed is how and when. An individual can’t deny it. The writing is on the wall without any true expectation of championship aspirations in the not too distant future. Settle back and revel in the final of the TUF 1 showcase. But, based on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a occasions in his career prepare for a sad ending. The dropping down in weight classes and layoff due to rehabbing injuries it’s creating a recipe for failure. Essentially it will not be a fantasy come true for the nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor in 2013:”The guy really is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to face Ricardo Lamas at a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America two Finale. This will be Sanchez introduction at featherweight despite the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 winner. Sanchez is expecting to take a run at championship glory despite confronting the longest layoff of his professional MMA profession (1 year 4 pm ) and in 33 years old. The layoff is a result of a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits charge the announcement he’s falling a weight class as a means to get an eventually struggle against Connor McGregor. However, many MMA handicappers see this because of weakness as an attempt by Sanchez to remain relevant. Though many MMA mainstream fans don’t crown Diego Sanchez since the first Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of this TUF 1 boxers it continues to work in his advantage but he is fighting the age old issue of time. Irrespective of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he could pass that last test. As his commendable profession rolls on, it is clear Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. Still, there has to be something said for being the last of a dying breed. That accomplishment alone is deserving of our respect because it has left us without a doubt he will always remain to be the toughest of the TUF. The initial Ultimate Fighter to be crowned inside the Octagon and the last to leave.
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