“I discovered the magic power of f****** cracking, throwing with heat,” Sanchez said with a grin. “In my last fight I felt confident and calm and composed unlike before. Now I can think in there and I can make wise choices. I think I’m going to build off that last fight.”

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Building off his past performances has been a major point of emphasis for Sanchez, who, after losing a close fight to the surging Marvin Vettori in 2019, flipped a switch.

“It was one of those fights where you do it and then afterwards you watch it and think about little tweaks you can make and you could take that fight,” Sanchez said of his UFC Tampa showdown with Vettori. “With a bit more confidence I could have had that win. After my last fight, I can fight with anyone now. I truly believe that.”

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So just days away from his eighth appearance in the Octagon, Sanchez is ready to throw down at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. He’s experienced ups and downs during his first four and a half years in the UFC with the belief that someday he would break through.

He’s been patient and he’s been obsessed. All that’s left for Sanchez to do is keep connecting dots – and well, learn how to knit.


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