Diego Sanchez (file photo) edged by Martin Kampmann at UFC Live
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While fans and media may debate the decision rendered in the main
UFC on Versus 3
, at least one man besides the three cageside
judges believes that Diego
did enough to beat Martin
on Saturday night.
“I really thought we won the decision,” said Sanchez's striking
coach Mike Winkeljohn. “I was really worried that the judges would
be influenced by the blood, but [Diego] definitely deserves that
As Sanchez and Kampmann took to the Octagon inside the KFC Yum!
Center in Louisville, Ky., it was the Dane who got the upper hand
in the early going. Kampmann landed a sharp counter right hand that
floored Sanchez and followed up for the remainder of the round,
bloodying “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 middleweight winner.
“In the first round, [Diego] wasn't moving his head side to side.
He was coming straight in and getting caught with straight punches.
The first round, he'd throw one punch and then stand at long range,
and Kampmann was picking him apart,” Winkeljohn told
Sanchez, who took a trip to the hospital after the fight for
precautionary reasons, was unfazed by the heavy damage he sustained
over the course of the bout. The Greg Jackson product surged ahead
in the final two frames, getting inside of Kampmann's range and
making the fight much more competitive.
“You've got to love his heart. I’ve loved that kid since day one,
because he's just a fighter,” said Winkeljohn. “In the second and
third rounds, he definitely changed it up a little bit and started
moving his head. He also starting throwing second and third punches
behind his first punch. When Diego bull-rushed him, I thought he
beat [Kampmann] in the standup in the second and third rounds,
Following the difficult first round, the attitude in Sanchez's
corner was not hard to decipher: close the distance and try to take
the fight to the floor.
“We had to get Kampmann down, and we had to get Diego to move his
head. I felt that Diego was just telegraphing his shots and
shooting from too far out. So we had to push [Kampmann] back and
get underneath and deeper and turn the corner a little bit more,”
said Winkeljohn. “Of course, takedowns would definitely be Diego's
game. I would have liked to have seen him shoot a little more, but
he did it. He's back.”
On the horizon, a myriad of potential matchups await. When asked if
a rematch with Jon Fitch or
Koscheck might be in the cards, Winkeljohn asserted that he
would put no boundaries on Sanchez's next confrontation.
“Diego is a fighter. He'll fight anybody. So I wouldn't deny Diego
a shot at anything,” said Winkeljohn.
No matter whom Sanchez fights next, however, there will always be
room for improvement.
“I’m always about taking our time and getting back the right way. I
think Diego's tenacity can overcome just about anybody in the
division, but there are always skills to be perfected.”Reader comments are active below. Chime in with an opinion or
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