When fans consider the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar instantly come to mind as a consequence of their immediate classic. Therefore, its just suiting the first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to depart the UFC. No, I’m not talking about Forrest Griffin. The struggle between Bonnar and Griffin throughout the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped bring the UFC to the mainstream. Dana White later known as it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. Nonetheless, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was actually the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, with conquered Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown before in the evening. With all of the former cast members on the show either retired or not employed by the UFC, the only exception remains to become Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After the contestants were first 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 in the Octagon winning all four of his fights, with three first-round stoppages such as a entry over Florian in the Finale. The true principal event of the card was fully overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his career in the time over Ken Shamrock. For the ordinary fight fan Sanchez dominance of this series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. Lots can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He’s won a bunch of conflicts and dropped some, hopped divisions, got popped for marijuana, earned six”Fight of the Night” bonuses and two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, lost a lightweight name tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname in the”Nightmare” to the”Dream” and back to the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, simply to mention a few. Total going to war inside the Octagon on 21 distinct events amassing as 14-7 record. According to his durability and age it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the final fighter we see within the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the entire cast of the show to the extent that Dana White stated that he had been basically looking to induct the entire TUF 1 cast into the UFC Hall of fame. It has been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type end. However, what remains to be seen by the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out having a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of construction upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Looking at Sanchez’s recent time as a fighter, it’s more unlikely that anything of importance will come from the rest of the period of the once famed career. The likely scenario and ultimate end game is equal to that of the vast majority of all other TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that many of the TUF 1 cast members went outside with a whimper facing the exact same troubling realities that Sanchez currently faces a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants basically were forced into retirement. As fans of the UFC, let’s hope Diego Sanchez can break this trend and go out with a bang as it’s likely he won’t go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the ideal case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this stage in his career. Taking a snapshot of Sanchez’s professional career, it is likely he’ll depart the UFC kicking and screaming like many others before him. What remains to be informed is how and when. One can not deny it. The writing is on the wall without any true hope of championship ambitions in the not too distant future. Settle back and revel in the last of the TUF 1 display. However, based on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a events in his career prepare yourself for a sad ending. The dropping down in weight courses and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it’s developing a recipe for failure. Basically it won’t be a dream come true for the nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor at 2013:”The man is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to confront Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. This will be Sanchez introduction at featherweight despite the fact that he was the middleweight TUF 1 winner. Sanchez is hoping to have a run at championship glory despite facing the longest layoff of his professional MMA profession (1 year 4 Months) and in 33 years old. The layoff is due to a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits credit the announcement that 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 stay relevant. Even though many MMA mainstream enthusiasts don’t crown Diego Sanchez as the original Ultimate Fighter, he has out lasted them all. Being the youngest of the TUF 1 boxers it continues to function in his benefit but he’s fighting the age old question of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he could pass this final test. As his admirable career rolls , it’s clear Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said to be the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is worthy of all our admiration since it’s left us with no doubt that he will always remain to be the toughest of the TUF. The initial Ultimate Fighter to be plotted within the Octagon and the last to leave.
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