UFC Fight Night 78 preview: Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
With UFC Fight Night 78 taking place this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, we’re going to look at the co-main event matchup between number four ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas and the always exciting Diego Sanchez.
Lamas (15-4) is coming off a TKO loss to Chad Mendes in April. Prior to that he had back-to-back wins over Hacran Dias in June of last year and Dennis Bermudez the following November.
The 33-year-old BJJ black belt was an NCAA Division III All-American wrestler in college. Lamas made the move from the WEC to the UFC in 2011 and put together a four-fight run before getting derailed by Jose Aldo in a Featherweight Championship match at UFC 169.
Four of Lamas’ 15 wins have been by knockout, four by submission, and he has seven decision wins.
Sanchez (25-7) was on the shelf several months in early 2015 after suffering a broken collar bone in training. He last fought in June 2014 when he snapped a two-fight skid with a split decision win over Ross Pearson.
Sanchez has always been known for that in-your-face take-a-shot-to-give-a-shot style. He hasn’t always been the most successful using that strategy, but he is one of the most beloved by fans and one of the most exciting. The TUF 1 winner has won seven “fight of the night” awards during his decade long UFC career.
Oddsmakers have Lamas a pretty heavy favorite at -550, while Sanchez is listed at +425.
Although these two are the same age, Sanchez has a lot more miles on his body. All those “fight of the night” awards have come at a cost and the Albuquerque native is not quite as durable as he once was. That being said, “The Dream” packs a heavy punch and can rock anyone at anytime. Just ask Gilbert Melendez.
PREDICTION: Lamas via decision