Diego Sanchez “feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war”

By Dann Stupp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Say what you want about his controversial decision victory; Diego Sanchez said he proved he’s got plenty of heart.

In the headliner of Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 event at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) bested Martin Kampmann (17-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on points in a three-round slugfest.

“I’m feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war,” Sanchez said after the Versus-televised fight.

“I showed them once again that I’ve got a lot of heart and that I’m going to drop my balls in there,” he said. “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.”

Sanchez, who discussed a ground-oriented game plan in nearly every pre-fight interview, failed in all but one takedown attempt. Most, in fact, were clearly telegraphed and easily snuffed out. Additionally, Kampmann picked him apart with expert footwork and counter-strikes in a bloody first round.

Despite Sanchez’s gritty performance, which included fighting for more than two rounds with a busted lip, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) scored the fight 29-28 for Kampmann. And based on the chorus of boos that followed the official outcome (Sanchez via scores of 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards), most of the fans did, too.

 

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Keith Jardine talks paying fighters, fighting teammates and title shots

By Jason Perkins

Former UFC light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine reached the apex of his career in 2007 after a win against former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. The highly regarded up-and-comer was 14-3-1, heading into a huge fight against Wanderlei Silva and ever-so-close to his goal of fighting for the UFC light heavyweight title.

Jardine lost the fight however, and went on to lose four of his next five, including four in a row, to find himself dropped from the UFC altogether. That Jardine was even permitted to lose three in a row and continue with the organization is a testament to his exciting style – two of the losses were in “Fight of the Night” efforts – but eventually the organization was forced to release the New Mexico native with the understanding that he could be brought back if he could put together a winning streak outside of the organization.

With that in mind, Jardine agreed to square off against highly regarded South African Trevor Prangly, in his first fight outside of the UFC in five years, but he came up short after dropping a razor thin split-decision.

The loss pushed his losing streak to five straight and left him desperate for a win, which picked up in his next outing against Francisco France in a fight held in the Dominican Republic.

 

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Jon Jones Refuses To Take Ryan Bader For Granted

By Damon Martin

“I never sleep cause sleep is the cousin of death” – Nas

If the whole world is ready to anoint Jon Jones as the next great light heavyweight, there’s one person who isn’t listening to all the chatter.

That one person is Jon Jones himself.

The young fighter, now training full time in New Mexico under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, appreciates all the kind words heaped upon him, but when he looks in the mirror he doesn’t see a champion yet. He sees a work in progress, and there’s still work to be done.

“Just being around Greg Jackson all the time and fighters who are way above me experience wise, and age-wise and just life-wise, it just helps me stay humble and realize how much I don’t know and my age and things like that,” Jones told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“It definitely plays a huge part of my game, just keeping me humble and keeping me in the gym, keeps me focused on my weaknesses.”

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