In the aftermath of Nick Diaz' epic victory over Paul Daley to retain his Strikeforce welterweight belt, Diego Sanchez took to Twitter to propose that he and Diaz should be the next coaches of The Ultimate Fighter.
@jimmykahn Zuffa can do what ever makes $$$ I like this fight it motivates us both very much he hates me and I like beating the bad guy.
Sanchez and Diaz put on three rounds of classic MMA grappling at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale in November 2005. Sanchez won that decision but it could have gone either way.
MMA Mania did a recap of the classic bout last week:
Looking at the tale of the tape, it is shocking to see that Sanchez was 23 and Diaz was only 22 years old when they met inside the Octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Nov. 2005.
And both were essentially veterans in the sport at that point.
Diaz had been fighting for four years and was the first WEC welterweight champion. Sanchez, meanwhile, started fighting three years prior with a King of the Cage strap on his resume.
On fight night, the passionate pair met in the center of the cage for pre-fight instructions and Diaz immediately got in Sanchez's face, forcing the referee to order him back. The bad blood was boiling over at this point.
Read the whole thing for a blow by blow breakdown of the legendary scrap.
Sanchez is doing some good online marketing here and succeeding in inserting himself in the conversation which so far has focused on Diaz vs UFC champ Georges St Pierre. But let's get real, there is almost zero chance of the mercurial and camera shy Diaz spending six weeks in Las Vegas to film the show.
More importantly, given Diaz' historic weakness against fighters with a strong wrestling background and the utter paucity of credible challengers for GSP's 170lb belt, the UFC would be fool hardy to do anything but rush Diaz in for an immediate title shot against GSP.
It seems very likely that Diaz will get to test his mettle against at least one formidable wrestler in Strikeforce since their only contender for his welterweight title is Tyron Woodley.
Diaz is ranked #7 and Sanchez is ranked #9 in the latest USAT/SBN Consensus MMA Rankings.
HT MMA Mania