Diego Sanchez is slated to fight at the upcoming UFC 164 event in Milwaukee, but he’s not just looking for an exciting fight.

Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC), 31, wants to take one last run at the UFC lightweight belt, and he believes conditions are favorable.

“After watching Benson Henderson‘s performance against Gilbert Melendez, I must say, I wasn’t impressed,” he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I see a lot of holes in his game, and I feel like that belt’s there for the taking.”

UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center. Sanchez said he will be part of the event’s pay-per-view main-card.

Earlier this month, lightweight champ Henderson defended his belt a third time with a split-decision win over former Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7. The champ is now expected to meet the winner of an upcoming bout between two-time title challenger Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant at UFC 160.

Henderson wants to exceed middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva as the winningest champ in UFC history, but Sanchez doubts he’ll be able to do it.

“I don’t see that,” he said. “I see a man who is growing in his martial arts experience. A great fighter, but I see holes in his game, and I really felt he lost that fight to Gilbert.”

Sanchez fought for the lightweight title at UFC 107, where then-champ B.J. Penn stopped him in the fifth round. Sanchez then returned to the welterweight class, where he went 2-2 and racked up three consecutive “Fight of the Night” bonuses against top-tier competition.

After a decision loss to Jake Ellenberger, he returned to lightweight, where he came in two pounds heavy and narrowly outpointed Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV 8.

Sanchez admitted he was “undersized” as a welterweight and said he was better suited to a 165-pound weight class.

“But as of now, there isn’t, so I have to do what I have to do and make some sacrifices and get down to 155,” he said. “I feel that when I’m on, nobody can beat me at 155.”

Watching UFC on FOX 7, Sanchez said he noticed several flaws in Henderson’s game that he could exploit.

“He’s strong, but in the Gilbert fight, he didn’t try to do one takedown the whole fight, which I think a champion would see, ‘I’m not dominating this fight in the standup, so let’s work for something else. Let’s try to change it up and at least get some points,’” Sanchez said. “At least try to win some rounds more convincingly, the way he did with Jim Miller. But he was just very content in his striking style and throwing the kicks. I saw it as a mediocre performance, and I think I can get in there and beat this guy.”

By any measure, Sanchez still has a long way to go before he gets that opportunity. But he said he has three to five years left in the sport, and until he quits, he’s going to push for gold.

For more on UFC 164, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Anderson Silva Would Like Michael Bisping Rematch | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

Anderson Silva is slated to return opposite Derek Brunson at UFC 208, but he'd really like to get another fight with Michael Bisping. read news >>

After controversial no-contest, Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira rematch slated for UFC Fight Night 106

  • 20 days ago
  • 10 views

After a controversial end to their fight fight, Tim Means and Alex Oliveira will do it again.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov slated for UFC 210 in Buffalo

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

April’s UFC 210 lineup in New York has a new flyweight addition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Reports: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade title fight slated for UFC 211

  • 8 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, according to multiple reports. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Sunday's UFC Halifax Card Loses a Bout | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC Fight Night 104, which is slated for Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been scaled back by one bout. read news >>

UFC 205 Set Records and Pumped Millions into New York's Economy | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 10 views

According to an Ultimate Fighting Championship impact study, UFC 205 set numerous records and pumped millions of dollars into New York's economy. read news >>

New UFC champ Germaine de Randamie calls for rematch with Holly Holm, but Holm camp unsure

  • 8 days ago
  • 232 views

Newly minted UFC women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie today called for an immediate rematch with Holly Holm, saying they should settle the score after controversy marred their title bout read news >>

Fans invited to this week's UFC Fight Night 105 Ben Rothwell Q&A, ceremonial weigh-ins in Halifax

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 views

If you’re in Nova Scotia or headed there this week for UFC Fight Night 105, you can spend your Saturday before fight night with the UFC. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

New UFC Champ Germaine de Randamie Owes Holly Holm a Rematch | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 13 views

Inaugural UFC women's featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie said she owes Holly Holm a rematch following UFC 208's controversial ending. read news >>

Artem Lobov to Headline UFC Nashville Card Against Cub Swanson | FIGHTLAND

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC With one finish from ten fights, it’s safe to say the UFC’s first foray into Brooklyn, New York, for UFC 208 was rather dull. Even UFC president Dana White said his read news >>