When fans think about the season of“The Ultimate Fighter,“ Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar instantly come to mind as a consequence of the instant classic. Therefore, its just suiting that the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to leave the UFC. No, I am not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin throughout the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped bring the UFC into the mainstream. Dana White later called it Zuffa’s“Trojan Horse“. Nonetheless, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was in fact the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, having defeated Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown earlier in the day. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or not employed by the UFC, the sole exclusion remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. When the contestants were first announced for“The Ultimate Fighter 1,“ Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. Since the undefeated King of the Cage champion, he backed up that hype at the Octagon winning all four of his fights, with three first-round stoppages such as a entry over Florian from the Finale. Even the true principal event of the card has been completely 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 the show is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He has won a bunch of conflicts and lost some, hopped divisions, got popped for bud, earned six“Fight of the Night“ bonuses and two“Fight of the Year“ (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, missing a lightweight title tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname from the“Nightmare“ into the“Dream“ and back into the“Nightmare“ again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, just to name a few. Overall going to war within the Octagon on 21 distinct events amassing as 14-7 record. According to his durability and age it was almost expected that Sanchez will be the last fighter we see within the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the whole cast of the show to the scope that Dana White said he had been essentially seeking to induct the entire TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It’s been a well documented success story worthy of fairy tale type end. But what remains to be seen from the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez go 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! Considering Sanchez’s recent time as a fighter, it is likely that anything of importance will come from the rest of the time of the once famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is identical to that of the majority of the rest of the 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 now faces on a daily basis: injuries and age. Nearly all the contestants basically were forced into retirement. As fans of this UFC, let’s hope Diego Sanchez can break this tendency and go out with a bang as it is likely he won’t go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the best case scenario for“The Nightmare“ at this point in his career. Taking a photo of Sanchez’s professional career, it’s likely he’ll leave the UFC kicking and crying like others before him. What remains to be told is how and if. One can not deny it. The writing is on the wall without any real hope of championship ambitions in the near future. Settle back and revel in the final of the TUF 1 showcase. However, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a occasions in his profession prepare yourself for a sad ending. The dropping down in weight courses and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it is creating a recipe for disaster. Basically it won’t be a dream come true for the nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor at 2013:“The guy is a has-been.“ IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to face Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America two Finale. This is Sanchez introduction at featherweight regardless of the fact that he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is hoping to have a run at championship glory despite confronting 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 statement he’s dropping a weight class for a means to get an eventually struggle against Connor McGregor. But lots of MMA handicappers see this because of weakness as an attempt by Sanchez to stay relevant. Though many MMA mainstream enthusiasts don’t crown Diego Sanchez since the original Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted them all. Being the youngest of the TUF 1 fighters it continues to work in his benefit but he’s fighting the age old issue of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez might be, it remains to be seen if he could pass this final test. As his commendable career rolls , it’s evident Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said for being the last of a dying breed. That accomplishment alone is worthy of all our admiration because it has left us with no doubt that he will always remain the toughest of the TUF. The first Ultimate Fighter to be plotted within the Octagon and the last to depart.

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