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Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez Set for Fall UFC Event

A welterweight matchup between 170-pound contender Diego Sanchez and UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes is set for a fall UFC event with a date and location to be announced, the UFC confirmed Thursday.

“A matchup between two welterweight fan favorites has been verbally agreed to as Diego “The Dream” Sanchez will face former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes,” said UFC President Dana White to “Sanchez is coming off of a Fight of Night winning performance against Martin Kampmann and Hughes is looking to add another great victory to his incredible UFC career.”

Sanchez (23-4) has returned to contention following back-to-back losses with wins over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, while Hughes (45-8) suffered a 21-second KO to BJ Penn in November after a three-fight win streak.

The news likely dashes hope of an Octagon return for Royce Gracie, who was campaigning to rematch Hughes at the UFC’s return to Brazil with UFC 134 in August.

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