UFC officials on Thursday morning announced that Sanchez would face newly minted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Myles Jury at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas.
Sanchez had been involved in a Twitter war with Conor McGregor, but the Irishman is on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury. The Dream had a target on Joe Lauzon should he defeat Mac Danzig at UFC on Fox 9 this weekend, but the UFC had other plans and put Jury in front of him.
Sanchez (24-6) is coming off of a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 166 in October, although he was on the losing end of a unanimous decision against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
Jury (13-0) made his way to the Octagon via Season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. He lost a split decision to eventual runner-up Al Iaquinta in a fight on the show, but hasn’t lost in any official bouts.
Jury has won all four of his official UFC fights – defeating Mike Ricci, Ramsey Nijem, Michael Johnson, and Chris Saunders – but the fight with Sanchez will be the most significant threat to his unblemished record to date.