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UFC On Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann Conference Call Updates

Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, C.B. Dollaway and Mark Munoz will be on a media conference call today to promote UFC on Versus 3, which takes place March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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UFC on Versus 3: Diego Sanchez Talks Greg Jackson's Improvement As A Coach

- Diego Sanchez says Georges St. Pierre comes to Jackson's "like once a year". Says he loves training with Carlos Condit, but won't fight teammates.

- C.B. Dollaway says he wants redemption against Mark Munoz to avenge Aaron Simpson's loss to him.

- Munoz says he would love to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter Philippines coach if the UFC goes forward with it. Munoz says there are actually good guys in Philippines and points to an older fighter in the URCC.

- Munoz says he was into that "wrestler mentality" against Yushin Okami even though he was doing well on the feet. He had to change his perspective around to be a fighter, not a wrestler.

- Diego Sanchez says that Greg Jackson is a better coach. He's always been open minded and evolving his game. Says in his own three-year absence he's seen a lot of different fighters with different styles. Greg is a master of putting MMA together: putting wrestling and kickboxing together, mixing it and making it into some different. That's what he does best, says Sanchez. He says that's what he tried to do in San Diego, but they do a lot of real MMA in Greg Jackson. Sanchez says he trusts Jackson to do that. "I'm not the best at that. He's the best at that."

- Sanchez says fighting the championship is his dream and will always be his dream, but that's not his primary concern. Before being a world champion, he has to be champion of the world in the gym. Working one fight at a time.

- Diego says The Ultimate Fighter was one of the most important moments of his career. He says when all distractions are removed he becomes a much better fighter. Doesn't have much to say about Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, but knows JDS a little bit and that "he's a cool dude."

Dollaway says on TUF he fought three times in 10 days. You can prove a lot of things to yourself and grow up. Says the cameras prepare you for the UFC and you won't get blown away by your first UFC experience.

- Dollaway says it has been a challenge starting a new gym. Says there was a time he didn't even have a place to train. Also points to the extra work - meeting the city, e.g. - but says it's a long-run smart decision. Gym soft opening on March 1 and grand opening on March 19th.

- Diego on weight training - eight days before fight he's roughly 187lbs. Has a long, hard cut ahead of him.

- Martin says he is worried about nothing else, just focusing on the fight.

- Martin says Sanchez has better cardio than Jake Shields, is more tenacious. Since then he's been working a lot on takedown defense. Expects Sancehz to try and take him down. Says he's been training with Ray Sefo for his kickboxing.

- Munoz says training with Anderson Silva and the tools they have is extremely beneficial. He's also training with Rafael Cordeiro.


Diego Sanchez: Moving On From 'The Nightmare' After Hitting 'Rock Bottom'

On today's call we have: head UFC PR Jennifer Wenk, Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, Mark Munoz, C.B. Dollaway. The fight takes place at the KFC Yum! Center (I detest writing that) in Louisville, Kentucky.

- Martin Kampmann says he didn't perform up to his expectations, made a lot of mistakes against Jake Shields. Looking for a rebound this time. Diego Sanchez says he changed up by moving back to New Mexico. "I totally restructured my whole life....Greg's trained me well." Says his motto is "earn it". Says he goes into fights he already has the "w" but he has to go and take it.

- Kampmann on Shields fight: training for the fight was good and he knew Shields was going to "lay" on him. Says he made mistakes in heat of the moment and was "too tentative" in the stand-up. "I could've won, I should've won, but I gave it away doing stupid mistakes."

- Diego says he doesn't associate with people who don't like MMA. Says it's been 3 or 4 years since he's "run into a MMA hater...our numbers and our fans do the talking for us." Kampmann says MMA in Denmark is still new and people think it's still 1993. Says it "helps that UFC is on TV over there".

Dollaway says people don't realize how hard fighters work. "It's one of the toughest sports on the planet right now."

Munoz says when you sit down with fighters and delve into what they're into, you'll find fighters are educated, disciplined people. "We're the trailblazers in this sport."

- Munoz says he looks up to a lot of people, most notably Urijah Faber. Dollaway points to Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva. Points specifically to GSP getting Under Armor sponsorship. Martin Kampmann points to Randy Couture. Says Couture has had his ups and downs, but is a gentleman inside and outside the ring. Sanchez also points to Randy Couture as well. Says he makes him re-think when he could hang it up. Also says Wanderlei Silva has warrior spirit you can't teach.

- Kampmann says the odds don't matter much. Says Sanchez is a very motivated person and that he admires his tenacity in the cage. "But that's what I want," says Kampmann. Says odds don't help you in the ring.

- Sanchez says he's already doing things even his teammates don't do. He points to going to high school wrestling practice or lifting after practice. Says now he has game plans, something he never had before. Says he's blessed to have training partners who also had fights, too. Also has respect for Martin because any UFC fighter coming off a loss is a very determined person.

- Sanchez points to maturity, being home, being with his family. Says a situation in San Diego took an emotional toll on him. Also points to the B.J. Penn loss as horrible experience "never had hands put on me like that".

- "The options are closed for me to ever go down to 155lbs again." Says he's doing power cleans, deadlifts, bench press. Diego says being a welterweight you have to be physically strong. Says fans are going to surprised at his look and physical strength.

- Sanchez says he hit rock bottom after the B.J. Penn fight, a scam artist took $175,000 of his money. Says he was "humbled". And after John Hathaway loss, was still feeling the "funk". Was going to bar drinking after practice. Didn't take Hathaway fight seriously at all. "I shouldn't have been in the ring for that fight, period." That was what prompted him to go back to Greg Jackson and also became more of a Christian.

- Dollaway says he had to get out of the wrestling mentality to turn a corner in his UFC career. "I kind skipped over the jiu-jitsu side of things." Says the loss to Amir Sadollah was the best thing that ever happened to me, forced his evolution. Points to Joe Doerksen loss as proof he knew his game had improved and was "payoff" for all the hard work he had put in.

- Dollaway talks about Munoz's entry in MMA and his different entry into the UFC. Munoz doesn't add much, just that both guys recognize the other's progression.

- Sanchez says life, temptation lead him "off the path". "I've been back and forth several times." Turning 28 made him realize he had to get his life together. "I'm where I belong." New Mexico seems to be a very important place for Sanchez, says he came full circle as a fighter. Being in New Mexico made him get back to what was important for him. Says Greg Jackson told him he is a top-control guy, "a predator" and Jackson helped re-invent him. Says he took with him the good stuff he got from Saulo Ribeiro, but at Jackson's "every day is a battle". Sanchez says he only trains with the larger fighters now. "I'm at a good place in my career."

Sanchez moved back to Albuquerque about 5 weeks before the Paulo Thiago fight.

Sanchez says he never thought about quitting the sport. Sanchez says "I let 'The Nightmare' go." I don't want to represent that. I want to represent positivity. "The nightmare? The nightmare was myself. I was my own nightmare."

- Sanchez says walking back into Jackson's was like going home again. Every day I walk in there I get the same feeling.


UFC On Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann Conference Call Updates

Join SB Nation MMA at 2pm ET/ 11am PT today for live updates from today's media conference call for UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann updates. On today's call will be Mark Munoz, C.B. Dolloway, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.

The main card of the event (March 3, 2011 at the KFC Yum! Center in Lousiville, Kentucky) is as follows:

Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann
Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page
Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Weidman

Be sure to also follow Luke Thomas on Twitter (@MMANation) for further updates and analysis.

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