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Sanchez calls for Nate Diaz showdown

ESPN staff
March 3, 2013
Diego Sanchez won a controversial decision against Takanori Gomi, and now wants Nate Diaz © Getty Images

Diego Sanchez has called on the UFC to hand him Nate Diaz in his next bout, so he can become the first man to beat both Diaz brothers.

Sanchez earned a split decision win over Takanori Gomi at UFC Japan on Saturday, registering a 29-28 score from two judges in a tight bout to call.

It was Sanchez's return to lightweight after a spell at 170lbs, and he forfeited a large percentage of his fight purse when missing weight on Friday. Neverthless, the 31-year-old plans to stay at the lower weight class.

Sanchez now wants the UFC to hand him Nate Diaz, eight years after he beat older brother Nick on the TUF 2 Finale. Younger sibling Nate is scheduled for Josh Thomson on April 20, after which Sanchez wants to be next in the queue.

"He has a fight lined up, but the fight I want is Nate Diaz," Sanchez said. "I want to be the first one to say I beat both Diaz brothers.

"I have got the bigger brother on my resume already, so now I want the little brother. Our styles make for an awesome, awesome fight."

Sanchez also defended the judges' decision to award him the win, saying: "I feel I earned the victory. I went out there, did more damage, got the first round and Takanori Gomi, taking nothing away from him, he is a legend for a reason.

"This was the Japan version of Gomi. This is Gomi fighting in front of his people, his crowd, and that is the legend that was the Pride champion."

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