- DIEGO SANCHEZ GETS NEW UFC 82 OPPONENT

January 23, 2008
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by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com







MMAWeekly.com
has learned that Diego Sanchez will now face Pride veteran David Bielkheden at
UFC 82. He was originally scheduled to fight Brazilian fighter Roan Carneiro,
but according to Sanchez, Carneiro was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed
illness.

 

Sanchez
said several opponents were proposed to him, but it was Bielkheden who accepted
the fight and will now make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

 

Bielkhedhen
will be the second Swedish fighter in the UFC, following in the footsteps of
fellow countryman Per Eklund, who dropped a decision to Sam Stout at UFC 80.

 

Bielkheden
comes into the fight off a stoppage victory over Nikola Matic at Lord of the
Rings: Schilt vs. Guelmino.

 

“He’s a
tough guy that comes forward and he fights out of American Top Team,” said
Sanchez of his new opponent. “He has good ground and stand-up and was man
enough to take the fight.”

 

Sanchez spoke
to MMAWeekly about his thoughts on 2007 and what it meant for his career, he
discussed his two losses and the new improved Diego Sanchez.

 

href="http://www.mmaexclusives.com/member-inthecage.php">Watch this exclusive video
interview with Diego “In the Cage” as he talks about his career and what he’s
been up to since his last fight.

 

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