UFC legend Diego Sanchez says he WILL attend a UFC Hall of Fame ceremony just 24 hours before his UFC 239 fight … telling TMZ Sports he thinks it’ll help him build momentum!!!
Sanchez and Clay Guida are being honored for their famous “Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” fight back in 2009 … a 3-round war that’s being enshrined in the UFC’s Hall of Fame fight wing.
10 years after getting the victory in that fight, Sanchez is still a VERY active UFC fighter — who’s set to take on Michael Chiesa at UFC 239 on July 6.
Some fighters refuse to do anything the night before a fight — opting to keep things low-key (meditating, relaxing, etc) as part of their pre-fight routine.
But not Sanchez!!!
“I think it’s a great build up of momentum going into the fight,” Sanchez says … “I’m gonna go up there, put my jacket on, take my little walk!”
“I look at it as positive energy … it’s great. Something that I see as normal.”
Sanchez says he doesn’t think the honor makes him feel old — “I feel like I’m a legend continuing to be a legend!”
Sanchez is 29-11 in his pro MMA career — and he’s currently on a 2-fight win streak after beating up Mickey Gall back in March.
Besides the victory over Guida … Sanchez also has wins over guys like Nick Diaz and Kenny Florian.