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Sanchez Targeted For Fall Bout With Melendez

Kelsey Mowatt

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It looks as though Diego Sanchez will not fight at UFC 164 on August 31st as expected, as according to a report from MMA, the veteran lightweight has been pulled from the card. The 31 year-old fighter was never booked an opponent for the Milwaukee bound event.

Where it gets even more interesting, however, is that according to the story, “multiple sources” have relayed that the promotion is looking to match Sanchez up against former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez. The bout would take place sometime in October or November. Sounds like a good fight no?

Sanchez hasn’t competed since UFC on FUEL TV 8 in March, when he made a successful return to lightweight, by narrowly getting by Takanori Gomi with a split decision win. Prior to that “The Dream”–he’s not “The Nightmare” any longer remember–dropped a unanimous decision loss to welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger last February.

Melendez, meanwhile, has yet to be booked for a bout since he lost by split decision to champ Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 7 in April, which was the 31 year-old’s Octagon debut. Prior to that, “El Nino” was busy running the lightweight division of the now defunct Strikeforce, and had won seven straight fights.

UFC 164 will feature a lightweight tilt between the aforementioned Henderson and challenger TJ Grant.

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