"In the 13 years since of being in this company, we've seen some amazing fights; I don't think I've ever seen a fight like that," White said following UFC 166. "The fight was insane."
White is proud of the effort put forth both by Sanchez and Melendez.
"Diego's been out for a while with injuries, and everybody's been questioning whether Diego belongs in the division, and is he still here," White said of Sanchez. "He comes right in and fights the No. 2 guy in the world. Diego Sanchez is never out of any fight.
"One of the things that I love when we talk about Mexican fighters ... that was a Mexican world war in there tonight. These are two guys that keep moving forward and don't stop swinging."
Melendez was also pleased with his overall effort at UFC 166.
"It's kind of hard to put everything in perspective while you're fighting," Melendez said. "I think I stood in there and banged it out with him, too, but I knew I had to keep my feet moving. It was a great fight. I knew I was ahead on the scorecards. Diego's a great fighter, but I was happy with everything."
For Sanchez, he seemed most proud that it was a fight he can look back on when he's older.
"I was built for this fighting stuff, and I'm 31 years old and I'm feeling just primed," he said. "I had a good time out there with Gilbert. Those are the type of fights you wait for your whole career, because when you're an old man, you're going to look back and be like, 'Yeah, that was fun.'
"I gave the fans an amazing, entertaining fight, and that's what I do it for. I fight for the fans and this sport. I've been around nine years in (the) UFC, and I just love this organization. Every time I get to touch the canvas on my feet, I'm grateful. I take my hat off to Gilbert. I truly believe he's the No. 1 lightweight in the world. I thought he was the uncrowned champ going into this fight. I thought he beat Benson Henderson, and he avenged his other two losses, too. He's one of the best in the world, and hey, 'Rocky' didn't get the decision in the first fight, but he dropped him, and I dropped him."
Sanchez was a bloody mess after three vicious rounds inside the cage, but he says he wishes it could have been a five-rounder.
"That's one of those fights where you need five rounds for two warriors to really dig deep and go to the finish," he said.