Diego Sanchez Says Food Poisoning Contributed to UFC 171 Loss to Myles Jury

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2014

Myles Jury lands a punch on Diego Sanchez during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts lightweight bout, Saturday, March. 15, 2014, in Dallas. Jury won by decision. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
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One of the winners on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Diego Sanchez, believes a bad dinner choice after the UFC 171 weigh-ins cost him against surging prospect Myles Jury. 

The Greg Jackson's MMA fighter took to Twitter this afternoon to explain to his fans why Saturday night didn't go according to plan.

I wasn't my self last night I sustained Food poisoning from eating a beef tar tar with raw quail egg as a appetizer at dinner

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 16, 2014

This was my own mistake I ordered it thinking I need red meat but raw was the wrong choice, I threw up first at at 2am & all day fight day.

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 16, 2014

This was not part of @TheDolceDiet I screwed my self! I thought because I had done everything do perfect I could sway a little & it cost me.

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 16, 2014

In a subsequent tweet, Sanchez posted this link to ensure no one could accuse him of fabricating the meal in question.

Jury, who improved to 14-0 with the decision win, used precision striking from the outsideas well as a well-timed double-leg takedownto outwork Sanchez for the better part of 15 minutes at their UFC 171 encounter.

Sanchez, a former title challenger at lightweight, is now just 1-2 since dropping down from welterweight one year ago. 

The 32-year-old, who was 17-0 before suffering a loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69, is 3-5 overall in his past eight bouts and hasn't scored a decisive win since he defeated Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in October 2010. 

While Sanchez recorded a victory over Martin Kampmann in March 2011, as well as a decision win over Takanori Gomi in March 2013, fans almost unanimously panned the outcomes as very poor scoring by the judges in both instances.

Despite the tough stretch, the fan-friendly brawler seems like he has every intention to fight on. 

I'm heart broken and very very motivated it hurts so bad. I'll be back better than ever!

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 16, 2014


John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.