“I’m feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war. I showed them once again that I’ve got a lot of heart and that I’m going to drop my balls in there. I’m going to give the fans what they want to see. That’s the bottom line. That was my 20th fight here in the UFC octagon (including his championship run on ‘The Ultimate Fighter 1,’ and what a way to showcase my 20th fight than with a good war? I got the [win], and that’s what matters… What it all comes to is that I kind of threw the game plan out the window and made it a street fight. And I got the win.”
—Diego Sanchez, via MMA Junkie, talking about his epic fight with Martin Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3
Diego Sanchez may never win a UFC title, but there’s no doubt he has the heart of a champion. I would love to see him fight Chris Lytle before Lytle retires. Two of the toughest welterweights on the planet squaring off — if that doesn’t have epic war written all over it, I don’t know what does.
In case you missed it on update in the other post, Dana White was so giddy over the main event he ultimately decided to give both Sanchez and Kampmann unprecedented $160,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. In other words, win or lose, it (literally) pays to fight like a warrior in the UFC.
“I don’t forget fights like that,” White told Yahoo! Sports. “That was an unbelievable fight. That was the kind of fight you saw back in the 1980s in boxing, a classic war. Diego Sanchez is one of the toughest [expletives] I’ve ever seen, man. It was a dogfight. They both gave every ounce of what they had. Kampmann got a loss on his record, but he didn’t lose that fight. There are no losers when you’re in a fight like that.”
Kampmann didn’t get the win, but he did get more good news after the fight in addition to the bonus. His hand wasn’t broken as he initially thought.
Good news, so my hand is still pretty swollen but doc says it wasn’t broken. At the airport now, going to Denmark for a little vacation.
Still no pics of Diego’s face the morning after, but I’ll be sure to post one if Diego does.
Image via Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly