UFC’s Diego Sanchez thanks retiring pro wrestling star Daniel Bryan for taking his “Yes!” chant to “superstardom”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

One of the many idiosyncrasies of longtime UFC vet Diego Sanchez was a self motivating chant he used to employ on his way to the cage, an emphatic repeating of the word “Yes!” which would be co-opted and made famous by pro wrestling star Daniel Bryan in the WWE. Bryan was forced to retire this week, and Sanchez tweeted out his appreciation after the announcement.

Penick’s Analysis: The “Yes!” chant became a massive thing because of Bryan; a fan of Sanchez’s, Bryan took the chant at the time trying to be as obnoxious with it as possible as a heel wrestler, and it eventually turned into the endearing chant used by his fans worldwide. It also wound up becoming a motivating fan chant in other sports, with fans in stadiums breaking into it from time to time. It all began with Sanchez, and the acknowledgement on both sides is a nice pairing.

[Photo (c) Joe Camporeale via USA Today Sports]

Attention iPhone/iPad users, if you’ve enjoyed our app in the past and followed us there, or if you’ve never checked it out, make sure to update to the latest version in the Apple store. We’ve launched a new look for the app, in line with our recent desktop overhaul. Make sure to check it out! An update to our Android app is on its way soon as well, so Android users keep an eye out for that update soon!

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.