John McCarthy thinks Kevin Lee vs. Diego Sanchez is a mismatch, but he sees a way for Sanchez to win.
Lee (18-7) and Sanchez (30-13) are set to face each other in an Eagle FC event on March 11, which will mark the two men’s first fight since their split with the UFC.
McCarthy’s worry is mostly that Lee is still only 29, as Sanchez turns 40 on Friday and has suffered quite a bit of damage in his recent losses. Sanchez’s departure from the UFC was triggered by his former manager, Joshua Fabia, who requested his medical records, prompting the UFC to remove Sanchez from a May 8 fight with Donald Cerrone over concerns. concerning his health.
“Diego was just a warrior, he’s an amazing guy, I love him, but here’s the speed,” McCarthy said on his “Weighing In” podcast. “Speed creates problems and in the stand-up Diego has an unusual style. It will be a problem for Kevin, but if Kevin picks up the pace it will be difficult for Diego. Diego, it’s going to be really hard for him to bring Kevin down, and if he’s on the ground with Kevin, he’ll be great. It’s when he’s standing and absorbing the damage, it’s not going to be good, and it’s the speed factor that makes the big difference here.
He continued, “Diego has done a lot of things in the sport of MMA and he’s had a great time. He had a hard time. I don’t want to see him date him like the guy – it was kind of like that with his last UFC fights. They were trying to use his name to portray other guys. You know, get that win against the guy who’s the legend of the sport, the guy who’s been around forever, the guy who won ‘The Ultimate Fighter 1’. And I don’t know, I don’t think it’s a good fight.
Lee himself has been through a rough patch after losing four of his last five fights, but he has looked fairly competitive in most of those losses. But the one wrinkle that has continued to fail him is his cardio, and McCarthy thinks that if Sanchez can weather an early storm, he might be able to get him to the ground and get to the area he’s doing his best. .
” I will watch it. I’m not saying I won’t, ”McCarthy said. “I just don’t think the game at this point in their career is a fair game. I think Diego needs to stop the fight. If he succeeds in fighting, he can certainly win the fight. Other than that, he’s going to have a hard time.
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