Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez set for fall UFC eventPosted on April 28, 2011, 11:14 PM by Joey Santosus
A Welterweight clash between former division champ Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez has been scheduled for a yet-to-be-announced card this fall.
UFC officials announced the match-up on Thursday.
Sanchez (23-4) moved back up to 170-pounds last year after failing to dethrone then-Lightweight Champion BJ Penn at UFC 107. Though the transition was followed by a disappointing unanimous decision loss against John Hathaway, the TUF 1 winner returned with back-to-back victories over Paulo Thiago and most recently Martin Kampmann. "The Dream," as he now prefers to be called, credits his decision to return to Jackson's MMA for his recent success.
Hughes (45-8), meanwhile, comes in off of a 21-second knockout loss against B.J. Penn at UFC 123 last November. Prior to the defeat, the Hall-of-Famer was enjoying a three-fight winning streak, including victories over Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, and Ricardo Almeida.
While there has been no exact date confirmed for the bout, it is expected to serve as part of the main card for one of the upcoming events this fall.
Photo: Matt Hughes, right, fights Chris Lytle during Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 68 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on March 3, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker