"He took some big shots tonight. Stayed in there... hung in there and I think Herb Dean did a fantastic job in the first round. It's not often you get a shot to fight for the title and he was watching close and let that thing continue. Diego was okay and did recover and I think Diego showed a lot of heart tonight. He got busted up, but he hung in there and kept coming forward. He's about as busted up as I've ever seen a guy." -Dana White
UFC President Dana White commented on Diego Sanchez's health after losing to the reigning lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Doctors called an end to the bout at 2:37 in the fifth round as Sanchez's forehead was split wide open from a head kick.
White spoke briefly with Sanchez inside the Octagon before he was taken to the hospital, but was unsure of his current health status. On the surface, Sanchez suffered a split lip, bruised face and Abe Wagner-esk gash on his forehead.