Diego Sanchez Draws Joe Lauzon, Not Conor McGregor, as UFC 180 Replacement

October 3, 2014
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UFC president Dana White on Thursday said he and company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had denied Conor McGregor’s request to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 180 in Mexico, and now we know why. They had other plans for Sanchez.

SEE ALSO: Conor McGregor Wants Diego Sanchez in Mexico

Originally slated to face Norman Parke in Mexico City on Nov. 15, Sanchez was left without an opponent when the Northern Irish fighter had to drop out of the fight due to a medial collateral ligament injury.

UFC officials moved swiftly, however, pairing Sanchez with Joe Lauzon.

Always exciting, Sanchez (24-7), despite a return to lightweight, has struggled to build any momentum. He is 2-2 since returning to 155 pounds. He is coming off of a win over Ross Pearson, but that split-decision victory has swirled in controversy, as many onlookers believed Sanchez benefitted from the favoritism of the judges while fighting on his home turf in Albuquerque.

Equally as exciting, Lauzon (24-9) has also bounced back and forth between wins and losses throughout most of his UFC tenure, but enters the fight with Sanchez having won his last two fights, defeating Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa.

Regardless of career aspirations, this fight is as close to guaranteed fireworks as you can get. Lauzon holds the record for the most UFC post-fight bonuses with 13, while Sanchez is no slouch in that department either, with seven bonuses of his own.

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez returns at UFC 180 to put his belt on the line against Fabricio Werdum in the main event.

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  • shakejunt

    sounds about right. 2 guys who aren’t relevant to the title picture, but still have big names and will hopefully put on a show.

  • Darin

    This will be good. A win for Joe, but still good.

  • Seth

    Thats. Gonna. Be. Epic. *^* I CAN NOT WAIT FOR IT!

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Lauzon had better finish him. It doesn’t matter if he gets the crap kicked out of him, the judges love to give Sanchez the win because he makes such mean looking faces……..

  • TheCerealKiller

    Just like the pictures show, two guys that bleed easy. This could be the bloodiest UFC fight ever! Good thing it’s a PPV and not a FOX show.

  • truthslinger

    lol, gotta protect McGregor from an actual vet that would be a challenge.

    • Maddawgmar

      Sounds like it considering they just gave him a very dangerous fighter in Dustin Porier. As much as I would have loved to see McGregor v Sanchez, this fight makes more sense. What purpose would it serve if Conor beat Diego at 155 then just went back to 145? At least this fight can serve a purpose in the 155 rankings.

  • uncle

    Lauzon will crush Diego, nothing more then a brawler now …He forgot how to be a mixed martial artist.

  • julian moran

    Lauzon may be the better fighter… but it could be a bad night for him if he stays in the pocket and trade with Sanchez. Sanchez has heart and can take a beating, almost took Melendez out.

  • Maddawgmar

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict FOTN right now.

  • Jon Doe

    lol.. Those are the pictures you decided to got with? That’s awesome!