When fans consider the inaugural season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a consequence 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 deliver the UFC into the mainstream. Dana White later called 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, with conquered Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown before in the evening. With all of the former cast members on the show either retired or no longer employed by the UFC, the sole exception remains to become Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After the contestants were first 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 struggles, with three first-round stoppages such as a submission over Florian from the Finale. The true principal event of the card was completely overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his career at the time over Ken Shamrock. For the average fight fan Sanchez dominance of the show is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. Lots can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He’s won a lot of fights and dropped some, hopped divisions, got sailed for marijuana, earned six”Fight of the Night” bonuses along with two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, lost a lightweight title tip to then-champ BJ Penn, changed his nickname in the”Nightmare” into the”Fantasy” and back into the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him devising the Yes! Cartwheel, simply to name a few. Total 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 will be the final fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the whole cast of the series to the scope that Dana White said he had been essentially seeking to induct the entire TUF 1 throw to the UFC Hall of fame. It has been a well documented success story worthy of fairy tale type ending. But what remains to be viewed by the die hard MMA fans is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out having a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of building upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Looking at Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it is likely that anything of significance will come out of the rest of the period of his once famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is equal to that of the vast majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that lots of the TUF 1 cast members moved outside with a whimper facing exactly the exact same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces on a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants basically were forced into retirement. As fans of the UFC, let’s hope Diego Sanchez may break this trend and go out with a bang because it’s likely he will not go out anywhere close to the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the best case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this point in his profession. Taking a snapshot of Sanchez’s professional career, it’s likely he will leave the UFC kicking and screaming like others before him. What remains to be informed is how and if. An individual can not deny it. The writing is on the wall with no real expectation of championship aspirations in the near future. Sit back and revel in the final of this TUF 1 showcase. But, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a events in his career prepare yourself for a sad ending. The dropping down in weight courses and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it’s developing a recipe for failure. Basically it won’t 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 is Sanchez debut at featherweight regardless of the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is expecting to have a run at championship glory despite confronting the longest layoff of his professional MMA career (1 year 4 Months) and in 33 years old. The layoff is a result of a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits charge the statement he’s dropping a weight class for a way to acquire an eventually fight against Connor McGregor. But lots of MMA handicappers see this because of weakness as an attempt by Sanchez to remain relevant. Though many MMA mainstream fans don’t crown Diego Sanchez as the first Ultimate Fighter, he’s out lasted them all. Being the youngest of the TUF 1 fighters it continues to work in his advantage but he is fighting the age old question of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he can pass that final test. As his admirable career rolls on, it’s evident Sanchez is no more immune from the injury bug. However, there needs to be something said to be the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is deserving of all our respect since it’s left us with no doubt he will always remain the toughest of the TUF. The first Ultimate Fighter to be crowned inside the Octagon and the last to depart.

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