When fans consider the season of”The Ultimate Fighter,” Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar immediately come to mind as a result of their immediate classic. Therefore, its only suiting that the very first ever Ultimate Fighter be the last to depart the UFC. No, I’m not speaking about Forrest Griffin. The fight between Bonnar and Griffin during the TUF’s Season 1 Finale single-handedly helped deliver the UFC to the mainstream. Dana White later called it Zuffa’s”Trojan Horse”. However, in doing so, it overshadowed the fact that Diego Sanchez was in fact the first ever Ultimate Fighter winner, with defeated Kenny Florian to take home the middleweight TUF crown before in the evening. With all the former cast members on the show either retired or no longer used with the UFC, the sole exception remains to be Sanchez. The first to be crowned remains to be the last to grace the Octagon. When the contestants were announced for”The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Sanchez was the fighter with the most hype surrounding him. As the undefeated King of the Cage winner, he backed up that hype at the Octagon winning all four of his struggles, with three first-round stoppages such as a submission over Florian from the Finale. Even the true main event of that card has been completely overshadowed as Rich Franklin scored the biggest win of his career in the time over Ken Shamrock. For the average fight fan Sanchez dominance of the series is easily forgotten as TUF 1 seems like it was forever ago. Lots can happen over a decade, and Sanchez’s lengthy r??sum?? proves it. He has won a bunch of conflicts and dropped some, hopped divisions, 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 name tilt to then-champ BJ Penn, altered his nickname in the”Nightmare” into the”Fantasy” and back into the”Nightmare” again and let’s not forget about him devising the Yes! Cartwheel, just to mention a few. Overall going to war inside the Octagon on 21 distinct events amassing as 14-7 record. According to his age and durability it was almost expected that Sanchez is going to be the last fighter we see inside the Octagon and rightfully so. Much has been said about the entire cast of the show to the scope that Dana White said he had been essentially looking to induct the entire TUF 1 cast into the UFC Hall of fame. It’s been a well documented success story deserving of fairy tale type ending. However, what remains to be seen from the die hard MMA fans is… IMG_1728Will Diego Sanchez venture out with a swan song of epic proportions in hopes of building upon The Ultimate Fighter Seasons 1 already cemented legacy? Diego Sanchez would tell you YES! YES! YES! Considering Sanchez’s recent time as a fighter, it is likely that anything of significance will come out of the rest of the time of the formerly famed career. The likely scenario and ultimate end game is identical to that of the vast majority of all other TUF 1 cast members. The consensus is that lots of the TUF 1 cast members moved out with a whimper facing the same troubling realities that Sanchez currently faces a daily basis: accidents and age. The majority of the contestants essentially were forced into retirement. As fans of this UFC, let’s hope Diego Sanchez can break this trend and go out with a bang because it’s likely he won’t go out anywhere near the top. Finishing on a winning note is the best case scenario for”The Nightmare” at this stage in his career. Taking a snapshot of Sanchez’s professional career, it is likely he will leave the UFC kicking and crying like many others before him. What remains to be told is the how and when. One can’t deny it. The writing is on the wall without any real hope of championship ambitions in the not too distant future. Sit back and enjoy the last of the TUF 1 showcase. But, dependent on Diego’s Sanchez latest turns of a events in his career prepare yourself for a sad ending. The falling down in weight classes and layoff due to rehabbing injuries it’s creating a recipe for disaster. Essentially it will not be a fantasy come true for the nightmare. Quoting Connor McGregor in 2013:”The guy is a has-been.” IMG_1727Sanchez is expected to confront Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America two Finale. This will be Sanchez introduction at featherweight regardless of the fact he was the middleweight TUF 1 champion. Sanchez is expecting to take 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 charge the announcement that he’s dropping a weight class for a means to acquire an eventually struggle against Connor McGregor. But lots of MMA handicappers see this as sign of weakness as an effort 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 boxers it continues to work in his benefit but he’s fighting the age old question of time. Regardless of how durable Sanchez might be, it remains to be seen if he could pass this final test. As his admirable career rolls , it is evident Sanchez is no longer immune from the injury bug. However, there has to be something said for being the last of a dying breed. That feat alone is worthy of our admiration since it has left us with no doubt he will always remain to be the roughest of the TUF. The initial Ultimate Fighter to be plotted within the Octagon and the last to depart.