How did Diego Sanchez (unranked) get a fight with Gil (#2)?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by ReadWrite, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Red Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2013
    Messages:
    8,242
    Likes Received:
    8,953
    A split decision win over non-prime Gomi gets you #2? His previous win was a gift against Kampmann. He's not on a big win streak, and he hasn't looked lethal lately.

    How the hell did this fight get set up?!! Why did Gil accept an unranked fighter? There isn't even any backstory of hatred. Gil gets nothing from this. It's a no-win fight.

    Edit: Apparently this fight came about only because of Diego's lobbying. He didn't fight his way to it; he talked his way to it like Chael Sonnen.

    http://www.mmamania.com/2013/5/16/4...s-gilbert-melendez-josh-thomson-nate-diaz-mma

    Props for calling out top ranked fighters. Gil is lame for accepting. (Just like Thiago Silva accepted fight v. retired Hammill, Lol!)
     
  2. ali2013champ

    ali2013champ Banned Banned

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,040
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gil gets huge paycheck for an easy fight.
     
  3. HHJ

    HHJ Jeg reiser til mørkets dyp der alt er dødt.

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2004
    Messages:
    69,664
    Likes Received:
    58,939
    cos diego brings the PACE with him

    none can stop it

    it is barely survivable
     
  4. cyrusthevyrus

    cyrusthevyrus Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2013
    Messages:
    6,477
    Likes Received:
    4,023
    it is a nice fight. two heart dudes. gil vs pettis for the title
     
  5. oswald1

    oswald1 Black Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2003
    Messages:
    7,386
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    no
    Joe Silva, nuff said
     
  6. RogerD

    RogerD Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,264
    Likes Received:
    1,482
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, CANADA
    Sanchez is a bigger name and more well known by casuals.
    Fight makes perfect sense to me
     
  7. jiujitsuforever

    jiujitsuforever Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2013
    Messages:
    5,548
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    north carolina: aka most bipolar weather on the ea
    joe silva sniffing that cocaine like melvin guillard
     
  8. willthechill

    willthechill Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Messages:
    3,308
    Likes Received:
    311
    Gomi beat Diego. Sure, it isn't listed that way but he did.

    Anyways, this is a good way to get Gil a win in the UFC over a recognizable former title challenger. He will probably get a shot if he wins or he'll need 1 more max.
     
  9. MikeCandler

    MikeCandler Black Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2006
    Messages:
    5,775
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    I agree the match up does not make a hole lot of sense. I think it has more to do with the fact Diego is a very recognizable name also even though the Kampmann and Gomi fights were questionable decisions he still "won".

    At this point I think its a fight to make a name for Gil, that or Diego proves he is back in top form.
     
  10. HughPhug

    HughPhug Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2013
    Messages:
    7,205
    Likes Received:
    15,736
    sometimes entertaining fights win, don't always have to make sense to a bunch of rankers (sic)
     
  11. The Renegade

    The Renegade Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,509
    Likes Received:
    2,308
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Gil is going to make a name for himself off of diego, kind of like bigfoot made his off of Brown
     
  12. heavyarms21

    heavyarms21 Ryozanpaku Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Messages:
    73,659
    Likes Received:
    26,888
    So he can be punished for the Gift decision he got against Gomi :eek:
     
  13. goforthefinish

    goforthefinish Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2013
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0
    its more of a "safe" fight for Gil, which should be entertaining seeing how both fighters bring it. I remember a time Diego was the next hot shit prospect.
     
  14. Gerald Ford

    Gerald Ford Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,736
    Likes Received:
    184
    why wouldn't he get a fight with Gil ? Sanchez has done very well in the UFC and Gil is 0-1 in the UFC (debatable ), it will be a great fight though. I would like to see Sanchez win but I wouldn't bet on it.
     
  15. Jagan Eye

    Jagan Eye Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,816
    Likes Received:
    5
    Because rankings in MMA have always been and continue to be a figment of peoples' imagination as long as there isn't ONE body making the rankings for ALL MMA fighters.
     
  16. BuffaloEmperor

    BuffaloEmperor Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2012
    Messages:
    4,587
    Likes Received:
    528
    Location:
    New York
    i have no idea how this fight got booked. but on the flip side i believe that there are like 10 matchups lately that made no sense so it goes well with the recent trend.
    *maybe UFC throwing Gilbert a bone b/c of the Bendo fight, and throwing diego to the wolfs b/c he got a lucky decision against Gomi.
     
  17. BukHumLae

    BukHumLae DA BAWS

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    560
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Sac
    wud rather see gomi throw leather at gil
    dunno how he got this
     
  18. CTYankee

    CTYankee Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    3,863
    Likes Received:
    2,582
    Location:
    Probably Costco
    Entertainment factor.
     
  19. hydingjekyll

    hydingjekyll Green Belt

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest U.S.
    They just need Melendez to get a win against someone he'll beat fairly easily, and Sanchez is a recognizable name, even if there's a huge ranking disparity. It's like when Matt Hughes first lost the title to Georges St. Pierre and his next fight was against Chris Lytle - they were just trying to hand the former champion an easy win to get him back to form. They expected the same from Liddell vs. Jardine.
     
  20. Jblizzle

    Jblizzle Red Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011
    Messages:
    8,669
    Likes Received:
    2,694
    Location:
    Springfield, MA
    As far as the rankings go this is a pretty bad match up. The # 2 lightweight fighting a dangerous and extremely tough un ranked opponent.

    But then I thought about their fighting styles and also remembered that they are both of Mexican decent so this a great match up to draw in more of these

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.