“One of the reasons for me dropping to 155 was the fact that Kenny Florian is coming up on his second title shot, and this is a guy that I walked through four years ago. And everybody thinks that, yeah, we’ve both evolved, we’ve both changed, we’re both different fighters, we’ve both improved a lot. But the fact is that I walked through him and it wasn’t even a fight, and this is the number one contender. So in my mind, I am the number one contender right now…I think that if he wins and I win, that would make a great fight for the fans, and possibly two great coaches for the next season after Rashad and Rampage. It would be an awesome rematch. He’s going to want a shot at redemption and I want a shot at the title, so it definitely plays out for a good story line.”
—Diego Sanchez on the TUF 9 Finale media teleconference proclaiming that he’s the number one contender, and should him and Kenny win their next fights, it would set up a big rematch and possibly line them up as coaches for TUF 11.
Oddly enough though, Diego also said he hopes BJ Penn beats Florian at UFC 101. Don’t quite understand that one, but either way, a victory over Clay Guida would likely make him the front runner for the next shot at the UFC lightweight title.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing how a Florian-Sanchez rematch would play out, but not at the expense of putting the lightweight title on hold at the expense of TUF. The lightweight strap’s been defended like what, three times in the past five years?