Roberto Sanchez Looks to Capture Flyweight Title and Carry Legacy into the UFC

After a 10-month layoff, flyweight up-and-comer Roberto Sanchez returned to fighting in March with a second-round submission win over Klayton Mai at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7.

While Mai had twice as much experience as Sanchez did, he wasn’t deterred in the fight, and despite some early trouble was able to persevere and get the win.

“I’m looking at the guys in the UFC and the guys outside the UFC, and I see there’s a big level difference there, so the guys outside the UFC don’t worry me too much,” Sanchez told MMAWeekly.com. “Even though Klayton was a super-tough fighter, I wasn’t super worried or anything going into that fight.

“He did catch me in a guillotine for a little bit in the first round, but I was able to get out, change it around on him in the second round, and I got his back and was able to finish the fight.”

Undefeated over the course of his first two years as a pro, Sanchez believes he was able to work out the major issues in his game as an amateur, and now just works to fine tune his skills.

“It’s mostly refinements and locating my weak points and working on those; just kind of thinking of what the worst case scenario and if I’ll be okay in that situation,” said Sanchez. “Each fight I would see something I could improve on and that I could do better the next time. I was luckily able to figure it out as an amateur and am able to finish guys now a lot easier.”

Roberto SanchezSanchez (6-0) takes on fellow undefeated fighter Jarome Rivera (7-0) in a flyweight championship co-main event on Friday at LFA 14 in Houston.

“I think he’s going to be a tough, scrappy kid,” Sanchez said of Rivera. “He’s tall, so I’ve got to look out for his reach. It’s a title fight, so I’m excited for it to go five rounds. I’m guessing just like everyone else I’m going to try to get the takedown and get the submission.”

For Sanchez, the opportunity to experience a championship fight as a pro is a big step forward in his career, and it’s one he’s looking forward to.

“I’m more excited I get to potentially fight five rounds; not that I want it to go past the first round if possible,” said Sanchez. “I do get the experience to say I’ve done a title fight. I did one at the amateur level, but it was only two rounds, so I’m excited to do one at the pro level.”

Having spent his entire pro career with Legacy in its two incarnations, Sanchez believes he’s done enough to warrant a move up to the next level, especially if he takes the flyweight title this Friday.

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“I think I’m doing something that no other fighter has done, and fight exclusively for Legacy and hopefully move up to the UFC,” Sanchez said. “If I win this fight, that would be seven Legacy wins in a row, which I don’t know if any other fighter has done, and I have five finishes in a row with Legacy.

“I’m glad I started with Legacy and I’ve done well with them and that they’ve taken care of me. (Because of Legacy) Dana White has been to two of my events and not many other fighters can say that.”

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Matt Hughes to be Evaluated by Leading Traumatic Brain Injury Center

Matt Hughes has been in a Springfield, Ill., hospital since he was airlifted there on Friday from the scene of a tragic accident. The pickup truck that Hughes was driving collided with a moving train

Following the accident, the St. John’s Hospital Regional Trauma Team stabilized him. As of Sunday, Hughes’ sister, Beth Ulrici, said that, while Hughes remained stable and he was being weened off of a ventilator, he was not awake and was not responding as they would like to see.

Hughes’ family is now working with an organization called Triumph Over Tragedy, of which Hughes is a sitting board member. It is an organization that “supports the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy or illness to the ongoing circumstances faced in the years to come.” 

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In Hughes’ case, Triumph Over Tragedy is helping to have him evaluated by “one of the country’s top traumatic brain injury centers.” 

Matt Hughes“Matt has sat on Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation’s board for five years. The Georgia based non-profit serves families affected by spinal cord and brain injuries,” read a Ulrici’s statement on behalf of Hughes’ family on Wednesday. “We are working closely with the foundation on the next steps with Matt’s care including having him evaluated by one of the country’s top Traumatic Brain Injury Centers. We are taking Matt’s situation day by day and ask his fans and colleagues to continue to lift him up in prayer.”

There were no other specific updates on Hughes’ overall condition.

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