// [MMA] History in the Making: Diego Sanchez survives the beating of a lifetime to defeat Martin Kampmann//

It may seem hard to believe but the stars of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) are some of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) most tenured fighters. After nearly seven years, the likes ofForrest GriffinKenny Florian and Josh Koscheck have just about shed their reality TV roots as they have become better known for defeating mixed martial arts (MMA) legends or winning championships.

Another such fighter is Diego Sanchez who like his fellow TUF 1 middleweight finalist Kenny Florian has never quite been able to grab ahold of the brass ring and make the transition from contender to champion. Both “KenFlo” and Sanchez have been to the big dance at 155 pounds but each ran into the (nearly) immovable lightweight object known as B.J. Penn.

Now more than two years removed from his UFC 107 main event, Sanchez finds himself one win away from perhaps another title shot. Possibly challenging for Carlos Condit’s newly won interim welterweight title or perhaps tangling with Georges St. Pierre when the French-Canadian heals up could be in the TUF veteran’s near future should he pick up the W on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Standing in his way is Jake Ellenberger who is fresh off an impressive knockout over Jake Shields. A solid wrestler with devastating knockout power, Ellenberger is hoping to lay one of his fists directly on his opponent’s chin in the main event of the inaugural UFC on Fuel TV event. But Sanchez is no stranger to heavy-handed opponents. Whereas Florian left his bout with the Hawaiian relatively unscathed — as much as one can when having stepped inside the Octagon — “The Dream” was permanently disfigured after hooking up with “The Prodigy,” the new bearer of a scar from a chasm-like gash on his forehead.

It was a similar experience the Greg Jackson fighter had when he took on Martin Kampmann nearly a year ago. Let’s take a look at that bout, complete with its controversial decision.

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