Original Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez has been shelved since February as the result of injury but that’s not to say the 30-year old hasn’t kept active, chiming in publicly on a number of topics while stating his return to the Octagon would likely come in the lightweight division. Now on the cusp of being completely healthy, Sanchez has spoken up again, confirming he is indeed dropping down to 155 pounds and already has an opponent lined up.
“Announcement about my next fight will be coming soon this week,” wrote Sanchez on Twitter.
The 23-5 Sanchez has already teased a potential tilt with Takanori Gomi (34-8) at the UFC’s return to Japan in March. If paired, the match-up would be laden with potential given each man’s reputation for coming forward and throwing strikes.
Sanchez was last seen falling in a hard fought decision loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel 1. Prior to the stumble he’d won back-to-back bouts, taking out Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann. He has not fought as a 155er since making a run at the belt back in 2009 where he took out Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida before getting outclassed by B.J. Penn and ultimately returning to welterweight.
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