Diego Sanchez says he knocked out Kevin Lee when he was dropped from the UFC.
Before The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez sympathizes with Kevin Lee when the 29-year-old former interim title holder was dropped from the UFC last year.
Just a few months later, they will hit the field in the main event of Eagle FC 46 on March 11.
Sanchez had to face Donald Cerrone in early 2021 before the storm ends. The strained relationship between his then-manager Joshua Fabia and his UFC teammate resulted in the two breaking up.
After Sanchez was dropped from the UFC, he opted to sign with EFC despite a lucrative offer to fight at Bare Knuckle FC. He intends to end his MMA career on his terms.
Sanchez fought many of the top UFC fighters during his time in promotion, and his journey in MMA is well-documented. He’s experienced the ups and downs that come with competing on a professional level.
In an exclusive interview with FanSided’s Amy Kaplan, Sanchez revealed that he contacted Lee shortly after the UFC let him go.
“We are all about honor,” said Sanchez. “When Kevin Lee was dropped from the UFC and was going through some tough times, I sent him a finals. I said ‘hey man, if you need an older man, it’s a brother who’s been through it, wants to talk to you, I’m here for you if you need me.’ We were up there [respect] level. We didn’t know we were going to fight, but now we go into battle and it’s out of respect, and hopefully the best fit wins. “
Diego Sanchez and Kevin Lee will attend the main event of Eagle FC 46
Sanchez has won three of his last five fights in the UFC against the likes of Mickey Gall and Craig White. Early in his career, he won over the likes of Kenny Florian, Nick Diazand Clay Guida.
Lee is looking to get back on track in his MMA career after losing his last 4/5 fights. After fighting for the UFC’s interim lightweight belt with Tony Ferguson, he was unable to use the magic from earlier in his UFC tenure.
Sanchez and Lee appeared intimate before their bout, but it was arguably a must-win situation for both fighters taking part in EFC 46.
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