”No, it was an illegal shot. I can’t see. The blood. I can’t see”
Detta var orden som Diego Sanchez sa till domaren efter att ha blivit träffad av ett illegalt knä i lördagens match mot Michel Pereira. När tredje ronden startade låg Sanchez under på poängkorten och när det illegala knät sen träffade väljer domaren att bryta matchen och ge Sanchez vinsten på DQ. Något som UFC-veteranen har fått ta en hel del kritik för i medier och av MMA-fansen.
Så här sa Sanchez till MMA Junkie om vinsten.
“Did I quit? No,”
“I got hit with a (expletive) serious knee to the head. I knew I was going down on the scorecards, I knew how things were rolling out. I made a smart, veteran decision because I know my face is, regardless or not of the last two minutes of the fight, my face is going to be covered in blood. The image is going to be painted on the judges. I already know. I don’t have a chance of winning that fight anymore.
“So, did I quit? I made a (expletive) smart decision to not put myself in some real danger where I would’ve been injured when that mother(expletive) hit me with an illegal shot when I was down.”
Sanchez säger att han förtjänar mer respekt och att han inte skäms för beslutet.
“My opponent lost control. He did not have the awareness to notice that I had gone down from a shot to the ribs,”
“That really injured me, that shot to the ribs. It broke two of my ribs completely. I went down. He did not have the awareness that I went down. He threw a fully powered shot to my mother(expletive) dome piece, that split my wig. Split my forehead. I’m not your average human being. It did not knock me out, but did it damage me? Yes.”
“How about the blood? How about the scar that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life? How about the blood that’s going to impact the judges? How about all this going forward? What if I get really (expletive) hurt? I made the right decision. I don’t need you guys look down here like, ‘Oh, I might have the biggest heart in the sport but I quit because I was (expletive) scared of Pereira.’ I’ve been doing this longer than (expletive) anybody and I deserve a little respect. If the UFC and the MMA community and the media don’t want to give it to me, I’m going to go (expletive) take it.”
Genom att ta DQ-vinsten besparade sig Sanchez inte bara mer skada, utan han fick även en vinst som gav honom $100 000 extra som vinstbonus. Utöver det så slapp han även att gå från matchen med två raka förluster, vilket nog hade satt hans UFC-kontrakt på huggkubben.