Diego Sanchez breaks down Austin Trout, explains why he’ll be ‘very dominant’ at KnuckleMania 3

Diego Sanchez doesn’t appear in the slightest degree involved with Austin Trout’s boxing pedigree heading into their Naked Knuckle FC debut in opposition to one another.

The New Mexico natives are set to throw down Feb. 13 at BKFC: KnuckleMania 3 from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. If you happen to’re in any respect involved about Sanchez, 41, heading into the bout given the 37-year-old Trout’s ability degree along with his palms, “The Nightmare” insists there’s nothing to fret about.

“The dynamic and ideas of this sport is totally completely different, and Austin Trout is a ‘Philly shell’ fighter like Floyd Mayweather, besides he’s southpaw,” Sanchez instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “Being a ‘Philly shell’ fighter, you may’t block like that in bareknuckle, man. You’ve obtained a man like me, who’s solely obtained to go for two minutes of dash, and I’m placing these bones on you. Whether or not I’m placing these bones in your shoulder, in your arm, in your ribs, in your sternum, in your liver, in your abdomen, it’s gonna do harm. You’ve obtained to be aggressive.”

The battle will mark Sanchez’s second competitors because the UFC released him in April 2021. A Season 1 winner of “The Final Fighter,” Sanchez was launched on account of questions on his well being historical past. These questions had been a point of contention for one New Mexico commissioner earlier than he was finally licensed to battle Trout after extra medical testing.

Sanchez most not too long ago misplaced a unanimous decision to fellow former UFC standout Kevin Lee in March 2022 at Eagle FC 46.


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Heading into KnuckleMania 3, Sanchez believes he’s proper the place he belongs preventing bareknuckle.

“This sport was made for me – 2-minute rounds, inside preventing, no gloves, and stress. Strain, stress, stress,” Sanchez mentioned. “That is gonna be an amazing avenue for me to compete. I simply assume it’s gonna be an actual assertion, as a result of lots of people are all scared for me. ‘He (Trout) went 12 rounds with Canelo.’ Their eyes are like this (widens his eyes). ‘He went 12 rounds with Canelo. Are you certain?’ C’mon, bro. This ain’t boxing, and I’m not Canelo.

“This can be a completely different sport. The second I get inside, the second that I begin throwing and firing on him, it’s only a completely different sport. I’m gonna go on the market, and I’m gonna show it. I’m gonna present you what I’m speaking about, and I’m gonna be very dominant. I’m gonna be very profitable. And, yeah, you guys are gonna be like, ‘I suppose Diego had a bit extra within the tank nonetheless.’”

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