The practice of changing divisions is a relatively common occurrence in Mixed Martial Arts. However, those moving up or down in weight typically do so with the intent to remain there for the foreseeable future, and in general there are very few fighters who make the switch on a per-fight basis.
It now appears Diego Sanchez wants to join that select group.
Sanchez, who made his name in the UFC as a welterweight before going 2-1 during a three-fight stint at 155-pounds in 2009 which saw him fall to then-champion BJ Penn in a title bout, recently expressed his interest in dropping down again in the near future while talking on a video blog for Greg Jackson’s group in New Mexico. Specifically, the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 champ mentioned wanting to face Sean Sherk.
Unfortunately, Sherk looks to be out of the picture based on undisclosed injuries, though “Nightmare” expressed his happiness with any opponent at either of his competitive weights as long as it was a “tough, good fight”.
Sanchez is 22-4 and most recently beat Paulo Thiago a few weeks ago at UFC 121. In addition to that victory, he holds notable wins in his career over Karo Parisyan, Ken Florian, Joe Stevenson, Clay Guida, and Nick Diaz.