"The fight I want right now, and he has a fight lined up, but I want Nate Diaz," Sanchez told FUEL TV's post-event show following a win over Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel TV 8. "I want to be the first one to say I beat both the Diaz brothers. I've got the bigger brother on my resume already, so I want to get in there and get the younger brother."
The UFC likes when fighters call guys out, and there's a chance Sanchez will get his wish after Diaz gets done with Josh Thomson on Apr. 20.
Diaz seemed pleased with his performance against Gomi, and he's ready to move forward into the future in a positive direction.
"I don't feel that this victory was given to me; I feel I earned it," Sanchez said of his UFC on Fuel TV 8 victory over Gomi. "I went out there and did more damage and got the first round. Takanori Gomi, don't take anything away from that guy. He's a legend for a reason. It was the legend version. This was the Japan version of Takanori Gomi. This was Gomi, fighting in in Japan, in front of his people, in front of his crowd. That was the legend that was the PRIDE champion."
Sanchez also hinted that his time left in the sport is winding down.
"I know I only have so much time in the sport, and I want to make the most of it," Sanchez said. Sanchez is inching closer to his 32nd birthday, and he's a battle-tested warrior. Perhaps he has less than a handful of fights left in his MMA career.