UFC: Diego Sanchez Promises To Send ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Into Retirement
Diego Sanchez is looking to end his career on a high note against friend-turned-foe ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone on the UFC’s May 8th card.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner has been competing in the UFC for over 15 years, fighting in multiple weight classes, against some of the best fighters in the promotion. ‘The Nightmare’s’ fight with ‘Cowboy’ is expected to be his last before he hangs up his gloves
After all the wars Sanchez has been in, he’s ready to walk into the sunset. But he plans on taking ‘Cowboy’ with him.
Putting A Bad Beating On ‘Cowboy’
Speaking on the Real Quick With Mike Swick podcast (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Sanchez promised to go out on a high against ‘Cowboy’.
“You’re just going to see me at my best, and I don’t know what ‘Cowboy’ is going to come, but you’re going to see me at my best,” Sanchez said. “I’m going in there with everything that I have, all my skills, everything that I’ve learned over the course of this career and at the end of the career, really sharpening that blade. I’m going to take care of myself, and I’m going to move correctly.
“I’m going to move in there so smooth. We’ll make this s*** look easy. ‘Cowboy’, he might be planning on finishing out those five fights he signed when he signed the Conor McGregor deal, but as I’m ready for retirement, ‘Cowboy’s’ ass better get ready for retirement too. He don’t know, but this is probably going to be his retirement fight, too.”
‘Cowboy’ has opened as a sizeable favourite against Sanchez, but the Albuquerque native is highly motivated for his final fight, and plans on leaving the sport with his head held high.
“So I’m super excited for this ‘Cowboy’ fight, and I’m motivated as hell. I want to go out there and kick his ass,” Sanchez stated. “I want to take it to him, I want to bring the fight to him. When you’re training for your retirement fight, you just take s*** more seriously because you know this is going be your last time that you make the walk.”
Cerrone and Sanchez previously trained together at JacksonWink MMA, but their relationship turned sour when the 39 year old criticised ‘Cowboy’ for parting ways with the team over differences with coach Mike Winkeljohn in 2018. Ironically, the UFC Hall Of Famer also left the gym under negative circumstances a year later.
Do you think Diego Sanchez leaves the sport on a winning note against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone?