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Joby Sanchez’s way back into the UFC was a hard-earned, but the way he sees it, that might have just worked out for the best.
After a 1-2 octagon stint between 2014 and 2015, Sanchez got another chance to earn his way back into the UFC on July 11, when he landed a spot in the first episode of Dana White’s Contender Series. Sanchez did his part, coming out with an unanimous decision over Manny Vazquez. But it still wasn’t enough to earn him a contract.
Still, Sanchez wasn’t about to let that deter him.
“I asked Dana after the first one to let me fight again,” Sanchez told MMAjunkie Radio. “Let me show you I belong here. I belong in the UFC.”
The plea worked.
Sanchez (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) secured another chance, this time on the seventh episode of the show, against J.P. Buys (4-2), and Sanchez capitalized with a second-round TKO to punch his octagon ticket.
Sanchez certainly had to take the scenic route. But looking a little deeper, he believes that might not be all bad.
“I think the two fights in the (Contender Series) was good exposure for me,” Sanchez said. “I think it’s going to help with my career in the UFC. A lot of people are going to know who I am. I won’t be kind of lost in the crowd, whereas that kind of happens with some fighters.
“Like anything else, like ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ or anything – I like how they kind of gave us our backstory, and show people what we are fighting for. And people can relate to that. I think it’s very cool that Dana did this show.”
The Jackson-Wink MMA-trained fighter suffered the only two losses of his professional career in the octagon. His losses to Wilson Reis and Geane Herrera were sandwiched between a split decision win over Tateki Matsuda. Sanchez rides a four-fight winning streak into his second crack at the big show.
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