“I was injured the whole camp [for Thiago]. I had a hurt shoulder, [and] I had broke my hand, so I didn’t get to lift at all for that camp. That’s why I wasn’t as big as I am now. I’m lifting again. I’m getting my strength back. I think the UFC is gonna be impressed with the way I come into this fight — strong… There will never be another fight for Diego Sanchez at 155. That was a brief hiatus. I told everybody I wanted to win the belt and go back up. Truthfully, I was never 100 percent at 55. I was always 75 percent. I was never strong. I was wiry strong, but I didn’t have my brute strength that you have from lifting weights. I want to make a statement with how I look. I want guys to say, ‘I can’t believe how strong he was in there.’ I don’t ever want to get out-strengthed in my career ever again.”

—Diego Sanchez telling Sherdog he’s been focusing on improving his strength for his fight against Martin Kampmann tonight at UFC on Versus 3

Diego Sanchez may be looking to showcase his “brute strength” tonight, but Martin Kampmann is expecting to deal with his Diego’s pace and stamina.

“I think his biggest attribute is his pace, his stamina. He keeps going and he keeps a high pace. Sometimes people, like Paulo Thiago, get dragged into that. [Thiago] gassed. I think Thiago won the first round of the fight, but he just gassed and Diego took over in the second and the third, just outworking him.”

It’s a tough fight to call, but I think Diego will outwork him for the decision if he keeps the relentless pace he’s known for. Anyone taking Kampmann?

More from Kampmann on the fight in this feature video from ShootMedia.com.

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