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Diego Sanchez Signs New Eight-Fight Deal, Expected to Fight at UFC 171 in Dallas

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Diego SanchezDiego Sanchez is still living the dream. He signed a new eight-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, according a report on UFC Tonight.

While he’s been immersed in a Twitter war with Conor McGregor, Sanchez isn’t likely to fight him anytime soon. Although McGregor has been calling out Sanchez and several other fighters, the Irishman is expected to be sidelined until mid-2014 while healing from surgery for a knee injury.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has his sights set on UFC 171, which takes place on March 15 in Dallas. And, he already has an opponent in mind.

If Joe Lauzon is successful in his fight against Mac Danzig at UFC on Fox 9 this weekend, UFC Tonight reported that Sanchez would like to face Lauzon in Dallas.

Sanchez 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.

UFC 171 is currently slated for a headlining bout with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones putting his belt on the line against Glover Teixeira.

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  • Mark McDowall

    8 fights?? Seems a bit excessive considering the amount of punishment Sanchez has taken throughout his career. This again proves that Dana wants guys under contract that sell fights rather than those that want to compete for a championship.

    • Trent Slack

      And whats wrong with that exactly?

      Who wouldn’t want to see Sanchez get beaten up or possibly even KO’d

      • Mark McDowall

        Personally I dont want to see a guy constantly just stand there and be a punching bag like he was in the Melendez fight. His last 11 of his last 13 fights have gone to the cards…not exactly a stellar record.

  • Shred Man

    Diego vs Nate Diaz!

  • erke2

    If there were no rounds Diego would out cardio alot of guys and win more fights

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    No matter how his fights have gone recently it must be real nice to be Diego now. Guy has 8 fights and I don’t see the UFC getting rid of him unless he has four losses in a row. Hopefully he can get some finishes racked up, either way the guy has an excellent chance of getting a FOTN bonus in every fight he’s in. Good for him, I don’t care to hate on the guy. Just want to see him put on great fights.

  • james velasquez

    Good for him, but i believe he will not persevere for all 8.

  • Mike mckinney

    Just because a guy signs an eight fight deal doesn’t mean he, or the UFC actually plan on having him fight 8 more times. The same goes for the Anderson Silva long term deal. It’s just the UFC locking guys in and making sure they don’t fight anywhere else. Diego was the true first ultimate fighter winner.

    • jim profit

      i don’t get it, signing 8 fights contract doesn’t mean both side actually “plan” on having 8 more fights? what else does it mean?

      • Mike mckinney

        An example could be Brock lesnar. Brock still has fights left on his contract. The ufc doesn’t have to worry about him fighting anywhere else. If Brock chooses to come out of retirement it has to be with the UFC. There’s guys out there that the UFC does not want to see fighting elsewhere. Anderson is one of those guys. You can sign him to a 50 fight contract if you want. It doesn’t matter, especially since you lock him at today’s price, and you can dump them whenever you like.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Sanchez makes a good gatekeeper. Anybody who can put up with the mean faces that he makes for 3 rounds is good to move up in competition.

  • JDMMA

    I’d like to see Sanchez vs Nate Diaz for 5 rds fight

  • bajafox

    Good for Diego, well deserved and gets to finish his career where it all started. Not common these days to start and finish a career at the same place, those days are long gone.