"I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis," Sanchez told MMAjunkie.com. "We're a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style."
Sanchez fights Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166, and a win there puts him in serious contention for a title shot.
"I'm a very good wrestler, and I'm a better grappler than I am a wrestler," Sanchez said. "I feel I'm the best grappler in the division at 155 (pounds), and with my size advantage, I feel there's not a guy that I can't take down in that division. So it just comes down to being sharp in my striking and being ready to make a fight a fight."
Sanchez said he's good at catching kicks, a craft that could help him defeat Pettis.
"One of my best skills is catching kicks," Sanchez said. "If you watch a lot of my fights, nobody really tries to leg kick me, because if they try to kick me I'm really, really good at coming forward, grabbing kicks, catching kicks and turning it into takedowns.
"It's an art that I've established throughout my entire career, and when people try to kick me, they're on one leg. And when you're on one leg, that's the easiest time to take someone down."
If Sanchez ever hopes to fight Pettis inside the UFC cage, he knows he needs to beat Melendez at UFC 166.
"I get out there and make a huge statement," Sanchez said prior to his UFC 166 bout. "If I take it to him, and I dominate him in striking, I dominate him in mixed martial arts and I finish this guy that nobody has ever finished, I think it's a huge statement. It makes a case for a title shot, and it's going to put me right back to the top."