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UPDATE: Broken hand forces Diego Sanchez out of UFC 135 bout with Matt Hughes

Less than a month away, UFC 135 is in need of a new co-main event as Diego Sanchez broke his hand while training for his bout against Matt Hughes. Dana White broke the unfortunate news on his Twitter account. The UFC brass is currently searching for a replacement and may have found one in the form of a controversial, curly-haired contender though nothing official has been revealed.

Sanchez was riding the momentum of back-to-back victories heading into his September 24 showdown with former UFC welterweight champion, picking up decision victories and “Fight of the Night” honors against Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann. After a short stint at lightweight, where he challenged for the UFC belt, but lost to then champion B.J. Penn, Sanchez returned to 170 at UFC 115, losing a decision to John Hathaway. “The Dream” is 12-4 in his UFC career and holds notable victories over Clay Guida, Nick Diaz, and Kenny Florian. No word on how long the broken hand will keep him out of action.

UPDATE: It appears the UFC may already have a replacement lined up. According to Josh Koscheck via Twitter he has accepted the fight on his end meaning he will serve as a substitute for Sanchez as long as Hughes also signs off on the bout.

UFC Hall of Famer Hughes is looking to rebound from a 21 seconds KO loss to Penn at UFC 123 last November. Prior to the loss, Hughes had won his last three fights over jiu-jitsu aces Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, and Ricardo Almeida.

UFC 135 is scheduled for September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The event will be headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones taking on challenger Quinton Jackson.


  • adamsfamily says:

    I’m disappointed but – Kos and Hughes is a fight I have looked forward to for a while now. Just Kos seemed further ahead in the rankings for it to be relevant.

    If it happens, I’m calling a sub finish by Matt Hughes. Kos will either be right hand happy, or determined to put a stamp on his wrestling and get caught by the hungry veteran.

  • king mah mah says:

    Maybe his face is still broken from the kampman fight! Lol

  • HevyHitters says:

    I like hughes always will, true legend, don’t like deigo or koscheck, but that said I see this fight unfolding like kos vs frank trigg…I hope I’m wrong

  • Lord Faust says:

    I really hope this is one of those grappler -vs- grappler matches that ends up strictly on the feet. If so, for whatever reason, I favour Hughes. Probably nostalgia talking in my ear, but Kos’ striking does not impress me.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    gutted, was looking forward to this. Hughes vs Josh is interesting but Hughes has shown a lack in punch resistance recently and Josh has shown huge improvements in his hands. interesting though


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