Diego Sanchez has made his return to the welterweight division official. The “Nightmare” is set to face off undefeated fighter John Hathaway at UFC 114 in May.
Sanchez announced the fight using his Twitter account:
finally got a opponent john hathaway he’s 12-0 tough kid from the uk. we will be fighting may 29 in VEGAS!!!!! its on!!!
Following a loss in his title bid at lightweight against B.J. Penn in December, Sanchez was quite vocal about moving back up to welterweight. Sanchez, who has an overall record of 21-3, hasn’t fought at welterweight since June of 2008. Before moving down to lightweight, Sanchez holds a 7-2 record in the welterweight division.
Hathaway, who holds a 12-0 record, has made his presence known since debuting in the UFC. The British born fighter has won three fights in the organization defeating, Tom Egan, Ricky Story, and most recently Paul Taylor. The former Rugby player will make his debut fighting in the United States, after previously fighting in overseas shows for the UFC.
UFC 114 is set to take place May 29th from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event is also set to coincide with the second ever UFC Fan Expo. A headline bout between Rashad Evans and the unretired Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is rumored.