When fans consider the season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar instantly come to mind as a result of their instant classic. Therefore, its only suiting that the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to depart the UFC. No, I am not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The struggle between Bonnar and Griffin during the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped deliver the UFC to the mainstream. Dana White later known as it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. Nonetheless, in doing this, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was in fact the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, having defeated Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown earlier in the day. With all of the former cast members on the show either retired or no longer employed by the UFC, the sole exception remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. After the contestants were first announced for”The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. Since the undefeated King of the Cage winner, he backed up that hype at the Octagon winning all four of his struggles, together with three first-round stoppages including a entry over Florian from the Finale. Even the true main event of the card was completely overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his profession at the time over Ken Shamrock. For the ordinary fight fan Sanchez dominance of this show is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. A lot can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He has won a bunch of conflicts and dropped some, hopped branches, got popped for bud, earned six”Fight of the Night” bonuses along with two”Fight of the Year” (2006 Karo Parisyan, 2009 Clay Guida) honours, lost a lightweight title tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, altered his nickname in the”Nightmare” to the”Dream” and back into the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him inventing the Yes! Cartwheel, just to name a couple. Overall going to war inside the Octagon on 21 distinct occasions amassing as 14-7 record. Based on his age and durability it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the last fighter we see within the Octagon and rightfully so. Much was said about the whole cast of the series to the scope that Dana White stated that he had been essentially looking to induct the whole TUF 1 cast into the UFC Hall of fame. It’s been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type end. However, what remains to be seen by the die hard MMA lovers is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out having a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of construction upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Looking at Sanchez’s recent time for a fighter, it’s more unlikely that anything of significance will come from the rest of the period of his formerly famed career. The probable scenario and ultimate end game is equal to that of the vast majority of the rest of the TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that lots of the TUF 1 cast members went out with a whimper facing exactly the same troubling realities that Sanchez now faces a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants essentially were forced into retirement. As fans of this UFC, let us expect Diego Sanchez can break this trend and go out with a bang because it is likely he will not go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning notice is the ideal case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this stage in his profession. Taking a snapshot of Sanchez’s professional career, it’s likely he will leave the UFC kicking and crying like many others before him. What remains to be informed is the how and when. An individual can not deny it. The writing is on the wall with no real expectation of championship ambitions in the not too distant future. Sit back and enjoy the final of the TUF 1 showcase. But, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez most recent turns of a events in his career prepare for a sad ending. The falling down in weight courses and layoff because of rehabbing injuries it is creating a recipe for failure. Basically it will not be a fantasy come true for your nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor at 2013:”The man really is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to face Ricardo Lamas at a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. This is Sanchez introduction at featherweight regardless of the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is expecting to have a run at championship glory despite confronting the longest layoff of his professional MMA profession (1 year 4 Months) and in 33 years old. The layoff is due to a broken collarbone suffered in training. Many pundits credit the announcement he’s falling a weight class for a way to get an eventually fight against Connor McGregor. But lots of MMA handicappers see this because of weakness because of an attempt by Sanchez to remain relevant. Even though many MMA mainstream enthusiasts don’t crown Diego Sanchez as the original Ultimate Fighter, he has out lasted all of them. Being the youngest of this TUF 1 fighters it continues to function in his advantage but he’s fighting the age old question of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez could be, it remains to be seen if he can pass that final test. As his commendable career rolls , it’s clear Sanchez is no longer immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said to be the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is worthy of all our admiration because it has left us without a doubt that he will always remain to be the roughest of the TUF. The initial Ultimate Fighter to be crowned inside the Octagon and the last to depart.