This summer will see one of the most important fighters in the history of the UFC come to Pictou.
That is no other person than Diego Sanchez.Sanchez is expected to headline the Chokes by the Ocean event holding on July 29 and at the Decoste Performing Arts Centre.
The fighter, who is more commonly known as The Nightmare, will be in the main event. He is expected to face Mike Wacker, a second-degree black belt who currently trains out of Black Hole Jiu Jitsu in Wappingers Falls, New York.
Sanchez began his fighting career back in 2001 as a mixed martial artist. However, his big break came in 2004 after he became one of the 16 competitors chosen to be in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The Nightmare was able to scale through the middleweight tournament whilst also defeating Kenny Florian to become the season one winner alongside Forest Griffin.
They were part of the group that included the likes of Chris Leban, Stephen Bonnar,and Josh Koscheck.
In his 13 years fighting history so far, Sanchez has compiled a record of 16-10 (27-10 overall). This also includes wins over the likes of Takanori Gomi, Jim Miller, Nick Diaz and Clay Guida in both the lightweight and welterweight division.
In 2009, he had the biggest fight of his career after receiving a title shot against BJ Penn, a lightweight champion. However, he lost via TKO in the second round.
In addition to that, he has also won the UFC’s fight-of-the-night bonus seven times as well as the fight-of-the-year three times. At current, he is tied in the top 10 for the most wins in the promotion.
The Pictou card will feature one-on-one matchups. Others present on the main card are Kyle Sanford, Oliver Taza, and Jaret Macintosh.