Many MMA fans were writing off Diego Sanchez as he stepped into the cage against Paulo Thiago at UFC 121. It wasn't pretty in the first round as Thiago did much better work but Sanchez set such a hard pace that by the end of the round you could see Thiago fading.
In the second round Diego got the takedown and really dominated from top, landing a lot of punches and elbows and simply outworking Thiago. Suddenly the world was being reminded that Sanchez is the much more accomplished grappler. In the third Diego got the takedown, took the back and did damage from the position including locking in a nasty body triangle. Thiago gave up the mount, got pounded on more and then turned back over. It was complete domination by Diego in the round.
The judges scored the bout 30-26, 29-28 and 29-28 for Sanchez.
Prior to the fight Diego said win or lose he'd be dropping back down to 155 pounds but he looked so good tonight that we'll just have to see if he follows through.