When fans think about the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a result of the immediate classic. Therefore, its just suiting the first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to depart the UFC. No, I am not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin during the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped bring the UFC into the mainstream. Dana White later known as it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. However, in doing this, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was in fact the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, having conquered Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown earlier in the evening. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or no longer employed with the UFC, the sole exclusion remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After the contestants were announced for”The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. Since the undefeated King of the Cage winner, he backed up that poetry in the Octagon winning all four of his fights, with three first-round stoppages such as a entry over Florian in the Finale. Even the true main event of that card was completely overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his profession at the time over Ken Shamrock. For the ordinary fight fan Sanchez dominance of the series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He has won a bunch of conflicts and lost some, hopped divisions, got popped for bud, made six”Fight of the Night” bonuses and two”Battle of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, missing a lightweight title tip to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname from the”Nightmare” to the”Dream” and back to the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him devising the Yes! Cartwheel, just to name a couple. Overall going to war inside the Octagon on 21 separate events amassing as 14-7 record. According to his durability and age it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the final fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much has been said about the whole cast of the show to the scope that Dana White said he had been essentially looking to induct the entire TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It’s been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type end. But what remains to be seen from the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out with a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of construction upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it is likely that anything of significance will come out of the rest of the time of his once famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is identical to that of the majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that many of the TUF 1 cast members moved out with a whimper facing the exact same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces a daily basis: accidents and age. Nearly all the contestants basically were forced into retirement. As fans of the UFC, let’s expect Diego Sanchez may break this tendency and go out with a bang because it’s likely he won’t go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning note is the best case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this point in his career. Taking a snapshot of Sanchez’s professional career, it is likely he’ll leave the UFC kicking and screaming like others before him. What remains to be informed is the how and if. One can not deny it. The writing is on the wall with no true expectation of championship aspirations in the near future. Sit back and enjoy the final of the TUF 1 display. However, based on Diego’s Sanchez latest turns of a events in his profession prepare for a sad ending. The falling down in weight classes and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it is creating a recipe for failure. Essentially it will not be a fantasy come true for the nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor at 2013:”The guy is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to face Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America two Finale. This will be Sanchez introduction at featherweight despite the fact that he was the middleweight TUF 1 winner. Sanchez is hoping to take a run at championship glory despite confronting the longest layoff of his professional MMA career (1 year 4 pm ) and at 33 years old. The layoff is a result of a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits credit the announcement that he’s falling a weight class for a means to get an eventually fight against Connor McGregor. But many MMA handicappers see this as sign of weakness because of an attempt by Sanchez to stay relevant. Though many MMA mainstream fans fail to crown Diego Sanchez as the original Ultimate Fighter, he has out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of the TUF 1 boxers it continues to work in his advantage but he’s fighting the age old issue of time. Irrespective of how durable Sanchez might be, it remains to be seen if he could pass this final test. As his commendable career rolls , it’s clear Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said for being the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is worthy of our admiration since it’s left us without a doubt that he will always remain to be the roughest of the TUF. The first Ultimate Fighter to be crowned inside the Octagon and the last to depart.

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