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UFC 121: Diego Sanchez returns to being Diego Sanchez

Depending on who you listen to, Diego Sanchez is more suited to fighting at lightweight.

Depending on who you listen to, Diego Sanchez is more suited to fighting at welterweight.

After losing to BJ Penn at lightweight then to John Hathaway at welterweight, Sanchez needs to get back to winning at whatever weight class he fights.

At UFC 121 in Anaheim on Saturday, the Season 1 "Ultimate Fighter" winner faced the dangerous Paulo Thiago at welterweight.

And the real Diego Sanchez stood up, winning the most exciting fight of the night thus far by decision. One judge scored it 30-26, and the other two judges scored it 29-28.

"I was really humbled in the last few losses," Sanchez said. "My motto for this camp was 'Just Earn It.'"

After a back-and-forth first round, Sanchez (24-4, 11-4) worked his ground and pound, body control and fighting spirit to manhandle Thiago.

But as dominant as Sanchez looked in the last two rounds, he also nearly got caught in submissions by Thiago (13-3, 3-3). Sanchez managed to escape a pair of kimura attempts and a few D'Arce choke attempts.

Watch the UFC 121 post-fight live video stream at 1:15 a.m. EDT

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