Tweets of the Day: Diego Sanchez rooting for Hendricks over St. Pierre despite teammate situation

Jon Kopaloff

UFC mainstay Diego Sanchez is hoping that his friends Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger can win their upcoming bouts over Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald respectively. But he's taking some heat for that position.

TUF 1 winner and UFC veteran Diego Sanchez has never been shy about saying what he thinks, but apparently he has faced some backlash over some recent tweets he sent out. Earlier in the weekend, Sanchez tweeted his support of Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger (the last guy to beat Sanchez) in their bouts against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald respectively:

This opened up a couple of controversial angles. The easiest one to notice is that he is rooting for two American fighters over two Canadian fighters. We'll get back to that in a minute. The second, and more subtle controversy, is that Sanchez and GSP are affiliated with the same coaches. St. Pierre usually has Greg Jackson in his corner, and Sanchez is currently a member of Jackson's MMA. When asked about picking Hendricks over a "teammate", Sanchez made it clear that he doesn't think GSP is around enough to warrant the teammate talk:

It doesn't really matter anyway since Sanchez is at lightweight for now, but his approach definitely isn't the same as another Jackson's fighter, Carlos Condit, in terms of the issue. Condit and GSP considered themselves teammates, and when they fought at UFC 154 both men attended camps that didn't use Jackson so he wasn't put in the middle of things.

Anyway, back to the Canada vs. USA angle - Sanchez did clarify later that he loved Canada, but was going for the American wrestlers. That presumably didn't help much, because just tweeted a few minutes ago about some of the heat he took from Canadian fans for his stance:

That last one isn't exactly going to help. Sanchez returns to the octagon at UFC 166, where he meets former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.

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