89.2
TKO (Elbows & Punches)
9:13
      These guys both came out swinging, they clinched for a while, and then Sanchez took down Gall halfway through the opening round, and started beating him up against the fence. Gall stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, Sanchez maintained a back clinch, and whipped him back to the ground again. Sanchez worked some solid ground & pound until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Diego Sanchez with a strong start.
     Gall looked exhausted in the second round. Sanchez threw a lot of punches, and then dropped Gall 90 seconds into the round with a knee, and then continued to beat the shit out of Gall on the ground. Sanchez mounted him with 90 seconds left in the round, continued to smash him with big elbows, Gall gave up his back, Sanchez continued to beat the shit out of him, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a great win for Diego Sanchez.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      Sanchez started this fight by throwing a wild punch, rushing forward, White caught him in a tight standing guillotine choke, Sanchez picked him up into the air, and slammed him, and then settled into White's guard, while trying to go wild with strikes, probably burning more of that Nightmare energy than necessary. Sanchez tried to work some ground & pound, and White was keeping his legs active to make it hard for Sanchez to close the distance on the ground. Sanchez passed to side control with 90 seconds left in the round. Diego Sanchez is fucking relentless! Round one was 100% Diego Sanchez. It was a much needed dominant round for Sanchez.
     White came out throwing some long punches & kicks to start the second round, Sanchez shot for another sloppy takedown, and he brought White to the ground 20 seconds into the round, and took control of White on the ground again. Sanchez continued to beat the shit out of White on the ground for the duration of the round, leading to a clear cut 20-18 advantage for Sanchez, going into the final round, and you could maybe even argue that he had a 10-8 round or two mixed in there. Sanchez looks good tonight, but he also looks reckless.
     The third round started with some wild strikes, it looked like White hurt Sanchez with some ugly shots, but I think Sanchez just slipped. Sanchez then took down White again, 20 seconds into the round, and went back to brutally beating up White on the ground with hard elbows, and nonstop aggression. Sanchez looked awesome tonight, and he absolutely dominated White for 15 minutes. That was fucking nuts, and White's face & head were destroyed by the end of the fight, with a knot on his forehead the size of a softball.
88.7
KO (Elbow)
3:44
      Sanchez rushed forward to start this fight, threw a punch, and then shot for a takedown, trying to trip Brown to the ground against the fence, but Brown did a good job stuffing his shot. Sanchez just kind of smothered Brown against the fence with some clinch stalling, while trying to find a better angle for a takedown. They split up, Brown landed some decent strikes, and then Sanchez shot for another takedown, and Brown stuffed the shot again. Sanchez shot for another takedown, and Brown stuffed his shot again. Brown caught a kick, pushed Sanchez against the fence, threw a few strikes, they reset, Sanchez clipped Brown with a liver kick that nearly stopped Brown in his tracks, but Brown toughed it out, came forward, continued to fight, pushed Sanchez into the fence again, launched one of the biggest overhand elbows you'll ever see, and he put Sanchez to sleep near the end of the first round. That was a fantastic way to end a career for Matt Brown.
89.7
KO (Punches)
1:38
      These guys circled around each other for a minute or so, Sanchez clipped Iaquinta with a hard shot, but he just ate it. They continued to test the distance, they threw a few punches but were just out of range, and then Iaquinta dropped Sanchez with a big right hand, Sanchez scrambled back to his feet, Iaquinta dropped him again, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a fantastic KO finish by Al Iaquinta, after a full two years outside of the sport working as a Real Estate Agent. I'm really excited to see him back in the octagon.
91.3
Decision
15:00
      Held spent the first round picking apart Sanchez on the feet with punches and kicks, forcing him to shoot for a takedown. Held caught him in a guillotine choke, and lifted Sanchez into the air with it, but Sanchez literally ran up the side of the cage, did a ninja flip, threw Held to the ground, and beat the shit out of him for a few seconds. Sanchez threw a badass spinning heel kick at the end of the round, but it was about a second after the buzzer sounded, so it felt a bit awkward, plus, it didn't quite land. Round one has to go to Held, but Sanchez came back like a fucking monster in the final 10 seconds of the opening round.
     The second round started, and Held almost immediately dropped down for a heel hook. Sanchez scrambled out of it, and blasted Held with some hard punches on the ground, but Held refused to let go of Diego's leg. Diego scrambled out, and Held slapped on another leg lock, but Sanchez scrambled up to an awkward version of back control. It looked like Diego's leg was about to be ripped off, but he also looked like he was in control, as he was clinging to Held's back, so... I have no idea how to score that exchange. Sanchez ended up on top inside Held's guard 2 minutes into the round. Diego stayed tight, while throwing hard elbows to Held's body. Sanchez did a good job grinding Held up against the fence from half mount, but Held looked like he could still pull something off at any moment. There was a wild scramble with 45 seconds left in the round, where Held almost threw up a triangle choke, but Sanchez just postured up and continued to pound on him. Sanchez finished the round on top with back control. Round two definitely goes to Sanchez. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Sanchez blasted Held with some hard shots to start the third round, Held shot for a takedown, Sanchez stuffed it, they went into a wild scramble, with Held looking for a variety of leg & arm submissions, but Sanchez was able to hold a strong top control, while avoiding all of Held's offense. Sanchez blasted Held with a heavy elbow before settling into Held's guard. The referee had to warn Sanchez for grabbing the fence. Sanchez pushed the fight into the center of the cage, and unloaded with some heavy elbows from a variety of top positions. Held almost grabbed another leg lock, but Sanchez stayed calm, escaped it like an expert tactician, and then passed to half mount. Sanchez continued to work some heavy elbows, while Held continued to roll around wildly, looking to find some sort of submission. While standing, Sanchez looks like an old man, reminding me a bit of Corey Feldman, and not in a good way. On the ground though, HOLY SHIT, Diego still has it. His wrestling is outstanding, and his submission defense is fantastic, and his ground & pound is pretty fucking brutal. This fight should be a clear 29-28 decision for Sanchez in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Sanchez via unanimous decision. That was a HUGE win for Diego Sanchez. Every time you think he's done, he comes back and pulls off some shit like this.
89.6
TKO (Punches)
1:26
      Diego landed a nice body kick, several nice punch combinations, and then Lauzon nearly knocked him out with some brutal punches, Sanchez, fell to his knees, Lauzon unloaded on him with some brutal punches, basically knocking him out 6-7 times, while Sanchez kept trying to stand up, Lauzon was looking at the ref, as he continued to absolutely slaughter Sanchez, knocking him down repeatedly, Sanchez tried to run away, but he was clearly unconscious on his feet, Lauzon continued to punch him, and the referee finally stopped the fight at 1:26 of the first round. That was a fantastic finish for Joe Lauzon, and it's actually the first time that anyone has ever stopped Sanchez in his 35 fight career. Fuck, that was a wild fight. Congrats to Lauzon for a legendary finish, and possibly another performance bonus as well.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      Diego immediately rushed Miller, grabbed his leg, threw him to the ground, punched him a few times, and Miller stood back up and they started to dance. They started trading punches, with a hopping / boxing style, which was kind of fun, just waiting for someone to get clipped with a hard one. Miller cornered Sanchez, and landed a few really solid punches, and Sanchez looked like he was beginning to wilt. Sanchez shot for a takedown, and pinned Miller against the cage. Miller was working his rubber guard, looking for something, but Sanchez was able to break free with some punches to the body. Diego tried to posture up to work some heavier ground & pound, but Miller did a good job keeping him tied up in the guard. He didn't do a ton of damage, but Sanchez pretty clearly won that round with his ground & pound. Nice opening round for both guys.
     The second round started with Miller blasting Sanchez with some hard leg kicks, and some solid punch combinations. 2 minutes into the round, Miller landed a hard kick to the body, Sanchez caught it, and took him to the ground, pinning him against the cage again. Miller was able to get back to his feet before absorbing too much damage. Miller clipped Sanchez with a nice kick to the head, followed by some punches. Miller moved in, slipped, and Sanchez clinched with him, pressing him against the cage for a few seconds, but Miller broke free. Miller locked on a front guillotine, and he blasted Sanchez in the face with several heavy knees, and then took his back in the final seconds of the round. The second round goes to Miller, and it's all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was a very close round, with both guys landing some solid shots, both guys moving forward, and I think Sanchez MIGHT have won the fight in the final 10 seconds with a short lived takedown, and he clipped Miller with a few bonus punches in a flurry at the end, but they were both landing, so... This COULD be a draw, this could go either way, I kind of WANT Miller to win, but I would have to assume they'll PROBABLY give the fight to Sanchez? I have no idea what to expect at this point... All 3 judges gave the fight to Diego Sanchez. Really solid win for Diego Sanchez after a hard fought 4 fight losing streak.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Here we have Diego Sanchez making his 145 debut, and he looked pretty solid. The first round was a pretty wild scrap, with both guys throwing wild strikes at each other, both guys moving forward, and to be honest, I didn't think either guy necessarily was the clear winner after the first round. Lamas blasted Sanchez in the right calf several times with some hard kicks in the second round, and Sanchez almost went down from this kicks, which allowed Lamas to unload on him with some big punches. Eventually, Lamas took Sanchez to the ground, and clearly came out on top in the second round. The final 90 seconds of that round, consisted of a wild grappling exchange, where both guys were looking for crazy submissions. Awesome fight so far for both guys. The final round was another wild brawl, with Lamas nearly ripping Sanchez's lead leg off with kicks, forcing Sanchez to drop his hands, and taunt Lamas, looking to get into a close up exchange. In the end, I thought this was a pretty clear win for Ricardo Lamas, 30-28, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him all 3 rounds across the board. Sanchez looked better than expected at 145 though, I just think that he should be fighting guys in the Top 15, instead of the Top 5.
88.4
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Do what? What just happened here? The first round could have gone either way, but the 2nd & 3rd rounds were CLEARLY Ross Pearson, so I gave the fight to Ross Pearson, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. One judge agreed with me. The other two judges (in Diego's hometown), gave Sanchez the fight, 30-27, which is one of the most ridiculous decisions I've ever seen. Diego's face was cut up, and Pearson looked perfectly fine at the end of the fight. I'm sick of these horrible fucking judges. Good win for Pearson, as far as I'm concerned, but he got totally fucking screwed. FUCK THESE JUDGES!!!
90.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty kickass fight. I've been saying that Myles Jury is one of the top ranked fighters at 155 for a while now. This makes 5-0 in the UFC, and in my opinion, that should get him awfully close to a title shot, especially after dominating Diego Sanchez for all 3 rounds. He cut his face all up with excellent technical boxing skills, his BJJ is clearly really good, and overall, I was really impressed with the way Jury handled himself in this fight, and even more impressed by how he handled Diego Sanchez.
94.8
Decision
15:00
      This was the greatest fight that Joe Rogan has ever seen!!! And, it was pretty bad ass in my opinion too. Diego Sanchez is fucking insane, and even though half of his face was hanging off due to some brutal punishment in the first round, he kept coming, nonstop, he was prepared to kill Melendez. To be completely honest, I gave the first two rounds to Melendez, but they were EXTREMELY close, and the third round I gave to Sanchez, because his heart is fucking INSANELY huge. In the end though, all 3 judges gave the fight to Melendez, and I can't really blame them, because I GUESS I scored it the same, BUT COME ON, I agree with the crowd, Diego's heart deserved the win in this fight. Fucking awesome fight, and easily fight of the night.
88.1
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was one of those fights that SHOULD have been amazing, but it ended up kind of sucking. Takanori Gomi is obviously a huge fan favorite in Japan, so I figured if the fight went to decision, he would get the unfair advantage there, but I guess I was wrong. I gave the first & third rounds to Diego Sanchez, and the second round to Gomi. The judges basically agreed with me, and Diego Sanchez wins via split-decision. Diego fights too much from "inside his own head" or whatever, and he doesn't actually ACT on anything, he just overthinks shit. And Takanori Gomi was over-rated back in the day, and he still isn't all that great. So yeah, I don't know... Sort of a shitty fight I guess.
92.8
Decision
15:00
      YEAH! CRAZY fuckin' fight! Jake Ellenberger clearly won the first two rounds, no doubt about it, so going into the third round, he had a substantial lead, due to his superior striking & aggression. The problem is, that third round was FUCKING NUTS, with Diego taking Ellenberger to the ground, and pounding the living fuck out of his face for a couple of minutes. I honestly thought Diego Sanchez did enough in that third round to make it a 10-8 round, which would ultimately make the fight a draw, but I'm glad the judges didn't do that, because I hate draws. So Ellenberger wins, 29-28 on all the judges scorecards. Great fight overall!
91.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a crazy brawl. Most people thought Kampmann won, and he sort of got screwed in that sense, because his striking looked pretty crisp, and he left Sanchez's face looking like it had been grinded up in a food processor, I almost threw up when I saw Diego's face after the fight. I was one of the few that gave the fight to Diego though, I might have given him too much credit for his heart and his determination, because he was going crazy, ALWAYS coming forward, and I thought he looked pretty impressive. But yeah, brutal fight overall, and I seriously almost puked, because Diego's face was ALL fucked up.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      After losing his last couple of fights against B.J. Penn & John Hathaway, Diego Sanchez is finally back on the winning track, with a well fought victory over Paulo Thiago. I gave the first round to Paulo Thiago for his superior striking skills, but he gassed himself out pretty quickly, and got absolutely dominated in the last 2 rounds by Diego's insane cardio & grappling skills. Diego looked really good in this fight.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      Diego just isn't able to find a good weight class for himself, is he? He makes his triumphant return to 170 tonight, or so he thought, until John Hathaway basically beat his ass for 3 rounds. It was a competitive fight, but Diego never looked like he was into this fight at all, and Hathaway never looked like he was in danger at all. Diego needs to get his mind right.
93.4
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
22:37
      Oh my god. This fight made me want to cry, from the brutality of the situation. The first round consisted of Penn basically knocking out Sanchez, but Sanchez fought through it, and just kept getting dominated for the rest of the round. The next 3 rounds consisted of Sanchez getting beaten up, trying to take down Penn, and Penn just looking at him like he was being silly with the takedowns. The fifth and final round, had BJ Penn destroy the face of Sanchez, opening up the worst lip cut, and worst forehead cut that I've ever seen in my entire life. BJ Penn is incredible, Diego Sanchez literally got destroyed, and Penn is still the UFC Lightweight Champion.
93.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This fight was fuckin' crazy! The first round had Diego Sanchez acting like Anderson Silva, beating the living shit out of Clay Guida with HUGE flying knees, HUGE head kicks, HUGE uppercuts, he basically knocked out Guida, and Guida kept coming. The second round had Guida taking Sanchez to the ground & controlling him, but Sanchez was able to defend himself by throwing elbows from the guard, to the top of Guida's head. The third round was back & forth for the entire 5 minutes, leaving the fight in the hands of the judges. In the end, Diego Sanchez pulled off the split-decision victory.
91.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight went all 3 rounds, which is cool I guess, since it was between 2 great fighters, but I really would have liked to see this fight come to an end earlier than 15 minutes. With that being said, Diego Sanchez clearly outclassed Joe Stevenson, leaving the fight in the judges hands, and Diego Sanchez gets his first win at 155 via unanimous decision.
89.2
TKO (Knee & Punches)
14:07
      Well, this fight lasted quite a bit longer than I wanted it to, but it still ended with a definitive ending, so that was a good thing... I think Diego Sanchez basically won all 3 rounds anyways, but he was so sloppy & overly aggressive, I thought Luigi would catch him & knock him out eventually... With less than a minute left in the third round, Diego caught Luigi with a kick to the head, knocking him backwards, and then he jumped on him, and pounded away until the referee stopped the fight... Good ending, and decent fight overall, but I really hope the last 2 fights of the night are more exciting, otherwise this will be a failed event...
88.9
Submission (Punches)
4:43
      It's weird seeing Diego Sanchez on the undercard (they didn't air this fight at all on the live show)... This fight featured 2 Jiu-Jitsu experts, and Sanchez proved that he's the more versatile fighter, by taking Bielkheden to the ground immediately at the start of the fight, he passed his guard, worked his ground game for a few minutes, and eventually got the full mounted, and punched Bielkheden in the face several times, until eventually Bielkheden tapped out due to strikes... It's not often that you see a guy tap out in the first round, due to getting punched in the face... I question the heart of Bielkheden, but Diego Sanchez looks like he's back & aggressive like he used to be... I hope he stays in the UFC for a while...
90.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty solid fight, between two of the top guys in the welterweight division... As soon as the first bell rang, Diego Sanchez charged Fitch, and tried to take him down, but he wasn't able to do much with those attempts, since Fitch basically just powered out of it... I thought more of the fight would take place while standing, but most of the time was spent with both guys grappling around on the ground... Fitch basically dominated with his wrestling skills, controlling most of the positions... Diego threw a handful of submission attempts at Fitch, but Fitch was able to power out of all of those as well... In the end, Jon Fitch wins by split-decision... (And I agree 100% with that decision, just for the record...)
78.7
Decision
15:00
      Well that was some bullshit... So basically, this was the most hyped fight on the card, even though it wasn't the main event (due to the lack of a title), it was the only fight that really had any bad blood behind it... Diego Sanchez & Josh Koscheck HATE each other, and wanted to kill each other... Diego even nearly threw Koscheck off the stage at the weigh-ins the day before... With that being said, neither guy brought their A game, they barely even brought their B games... This was a C-Grade fight, and it was lame as shit... Lots of circling, lots of walking around, NOTHING ground related (which both of the guys are for the most part, ground fighters)... It was just a weak ass striking fight, with hardly any strikes thrown at all... It was a bunch of bullshit... Koscheck took Diego down once at the end of round one, and landed a couple of decent punches on Diego's head, so I gave the fight to Koscheck, and so did everybody else... Boring fight... Koscheck wins by unanimous decision...
90.6
KO (Knee)
1:45
      This fight started out kind of slow, and then Diego shot for a takedown, but it was stuffed pretty easily by Joe Riggs... A couple of minutes into the fight, Diego Sanchez decided to throw this insanely powerful righthand, knocking Riggs to the ground, as if he had been hit in the face with a sledgehammer... Riggs tried to get up, but was immediately kneed in the face by Diego Sanchez, knocking him out clean... Then Diego jumped on Riggs to make sure to finish the fight, rattling off a handful of HARD punches to the face of Riggs, until eventually the referee had to stop the fight... Diego Sanchez wins the fight relatively early in the first round, by ABSOLUTE DOMINATION... This fight started slow, but ended quickly & painfully for Riggs...
96.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was an all out WAR!!! Easily worth calling it the main event of the evening... Diego Sanchez came out early and hurt Parisyan with an uppercut to the, that cut him & stunned him a little bit... Diego went on to dominate the first half of the first round, but then Parisyan freaked out and started unleashing CRAZY ass Judo throws on Sanchez, in my opinion, winning the round for Parisyan... Then the second round was a whole bunch of bad ass grappling from both guys... Great round... Then the third round started up, and Parisyan was just doing everything he could to hang in there, because he was absolutely exhausted... Anyways, this was definitely a fight that you would have to see to believe, and I can't really summarize it in words, without giving a 25 page play by play... So to sum it all up, Diego Sanchez pulled off the slight victory, by unanimous decision... GREAT fight for both fighters, and I'd be lying if I were to say that I wasn't disappointed... I WANTED Parisyan to win... But hey! Since when did that matter?
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was BIZARRE... The first 2 rounds were somewhat boring, with neither fighter really doing much of anything offensive... Diego kept trying to take down Alessio, and he probably shot for the takedown 30+ times, and he NEVER took Alessio to the ground... So about halfway through the third round, Diego jumped on Alessio's back, and he just held on like he was in some sort of rodeo, and he tried to lock on submissions, but Alessio STILL wouldn't go to the ground, and he just walked around the ring, while trying to break Diego's arm... It was very bizarre... Alessio literally carried Diego around the octagon for the final 3 minutes of the fight, until it eventually went to decision... In my opinion, Alessio should have won the fight since Diego couldn't really do anything to hurt him (and come from Diego, that says a lot)... But Diego Sanchez ended up winning by unanimous decision, which pisses me off... BUT, meh, whatever...
90.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight, even though it was almost entirely one sided. Diego Sanchez took Diaz down in all 3 rounds, and pretty much dominated him on the ground, staying way more active, always keeping the top position, and he basically just controlled the entire fight with his insane aggressiveness. Diaz showed some solid defensive Jiu-Jitsu, but ultimately, Diaz had a pretty poor performance here. Still a solid main event for the night though.
93.3
Submission (Punches)
6:56
      Diego Sanchez is DA MAN! I like this dude... This fight pretty much consisted of Gassaway talking shit backstage about how bad ass he is when standing up... Well, I think he might have thrown one punch the entire fight... The rest of the time, Diego was taking him to the ground, and running a clinic on him... Similar to the previous fight with GSP & Frank Trigg, Diego Sanchez pretty much destroyed Gassaway, with some solid ground & pound, a great combination of submission attempts near the end of the first round, and eventually he ended the fight via tapout, in the second round due to a bunch of ground & pound striking, which apparently Gassaway just couldn't take anymore... So Sanchez wins by tapout in the second round...
89.3
TKO (Punches)
2:49
      Diego Sanchez was a beast on this season of the Ultimate Fighter, so I wasn't that surprised to see him dominate the much smaller Kenny Florian. Diego started the fight by taking Florian to the ground, and after a bit of wrestling & grappling & etc... Diego eventually got the full mount, and started raining down punches on the face of Florian, and Florian basically just turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight. Solid showing by Diego, but whatever love I might have had for the guy, fell apart during his "THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU JESUS!" speech with Joe Rogan. Still, he definitely deserved to win the TUF tournament, so kudos to him.
90.4
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys traded some big punches to start the first round, but neither fighter was really landing with anything significant, but they were were throwing big stuff. Koscheck sort of secured a taekdown halfway through the round, but Sanchez popped right back up. They clinched, and Koscheck slammed the shit out of Sanchez, but Sanchez popped back up again and started cranking for a guillotine choke. Koscheck popped his head out, and continued to wrestle the shit out of Sanchez until the end of the round. That was a close round, but I scored it for Koscheck based on his wrestling, since I didn't think Diego's chokes really came very close to finishing at all.
     They both came out throwing violence at each other to start the second round, and Sanchez landed some really good shots. They continued to trade violent strikes for a good portion of the second round, with Koscheck still working for takedowns, while Sanchez looked pretty comfortable just blasting him with punches & knees. Koscheck took Diego down halfway through the round, and Sanchez immediately started working for a triangle choke, and then transitioned into an armbar, but Koscheck easily popped out of that. Koscheck held top position for most of the round, but Sanchez probably did more damage overall. I really have no idea how to score this fight going into the third round, as it has split-decision written all over it.
     They continued to fight aggressively, at a fast pace going into the third round, with Koscheck taking Sanchez down again, where he beat him up for the first half of the round with short punches. The referee stood them back up with half a round to go. Koscheck looked exhausted, but he still shot for another takedown, and almost had it, but Sanchez sat on his head and then stood back up. Koscheck drove through another hard takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. In the end, I really feel like Koscheck should have won this fight, at least 29-28, maybe even 30-27, and I WANTED Sanchez to win, so the fact that the judges gave the fight to Sanchez via split-decision is a little weird to me. I'm glad he won, but Koscheck probably got screwed a little bit here.
89.0
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:49
      Sanchez worked his way inside fairly quickly, took Rafferty down near the fence, landed in full mount, unloaded with some big punches & elbows, and after beating the shit out of him for a minute or so, Rafferty was forced to give up his back. The fight probably could have been stopped due to strikes, but it wasn't, so Sanchez locked on a rear-naked choke, after mauling Rafferty for 90 seconds with brutal ground & pound. Rafferty tapped out almost immediately. Fantastic finish by Diego Sanchez. This dude is super legit.
87.8
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:46
      Karalexis threw a big right hand, Sanchez took him down almost immediately, landing in half mount. Karalexis was holding on tight, but Sanchez was able to pound his way past the guard, he dropped some short elbows, took Karalexis's back, punched him in the head a few times, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in under 2 minutes of the first round. Fantastic one-sided performance by Diego Sanchez.