Ellenberger vs. Sanchez Finally a Done Deal

November 29, 2011
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It’s been a long time coming, but Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez is finally a done deal.

The two welterweights have been rumored to face each other for the past month, but Sanchez was still waiting for final clearance on his hand injury before officially signing off on a fight.

Now that his hand has been cleared, Sanchez is ready to return to action and he’ll face a tough test in Jake Ellenberger when he returns.

Sources told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday that the fight has been verbally agreed to and will take place in February.

Additional reports have placed the fight on an as of yet unannounced event on Feb. 15 that will air on Fuel TV. MMAJunkie.com initially reported the news, with additional information stating the card could take place in Omaha, Neb.

No confirmation has been given, however, by UFC officials for the UFC on Fuel TV event. Currently, the UFC also has a show tentatively scheduled for March 3 that has been rumored as a UFC on Fox event featuring a welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann.

Ellenberger returns to action after his biggest win to date in the UFC, where he knocked out former title contender Jake Shields in the first round. Now firmly entrenched in the top ten, Ellenberger is hunting for a title shot and he hopes to get closer to that goal when he faces Sanchez in February.

Meanwhile, Diego Sanchez will look to make it three in a row after back to back wins over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann.

Sanchez was set to face UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135 in September, but broke his hand prior to the fight and has been out of action ever since.

Now Sanchez will look to get back in the deepest part of the welterweight division as he faces Ellenberger in February.

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    I be a BIG Sancez fan. i think this is fight he wont likely win though. i want to see Sancez vs Florian!

  • adice89

    Ellenberger by tko. Jake is a beast and a future champ. Sanchez just doesnt have the technical skillset to beat jake. I dont think anybody has the skills to beat Ellenburger besides Anthony Johnson (who is at 185 now) and maybe GSP. Condit is the only one who beat ellenberger and that was a razor close decision.

    • phrankthetank

      I’d take rory over ellenberger too, and Fitch, but in a division that stacked, that’s not a long list of fighters that could beat him.

      • MrAdidas

        I completely agree, I also think GSP would run over Ellenberger (two different levels of skill RIGHT NOW – Ellenberger is the REAL deal & has the tools & skills to be a future UFC Champ!) Who hasnt GSP run over, that he’s fought?

        I believe Fitch & R. McDonald would beat Ellenberger, though I would really, really love to see Rory McDonald fight Condit AGAIN! McDonlad should have won that fight, but I can understand the ref’s stoppage (sorta), but I think Rory could have hanged on for the remaining 7 seconds left on the clock, which meant Rory would have won a decision over a top 10 WW fighter, allbeit in only his 2nd UFC fight & he wooped Condit good for the first two rounds. Want to see that rematch so badly, I was really looking forward to Brian Ebersole Vs Rory McDonald as well, damn injuries!

  • bajafox

    Great matchup!! I like Diego but he’s gonna have to really bring it to beat Jake, that guy is a beast

  • Well maybe I’m just the latest person to underestimate Ellenberger, but I see Sanchez winning this fight.

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Big fan of both guys. This is going to be fight of the night for sure

  • collideoverme

    Ellenberger is a beast. I hope he destroys Sanchez. Kampmann beat Sanchez although the scorecards didn’t show it. He doesn’t belong in the cage with Ellenberger.

    • MrAdidas

      Well the UFC disagrees with you on that one!

  • I love this matchup!! I like Sanchez, but I don’t think he will beat Ellenberger. I hope Jake wins and then have a number one contender fight with the winner of Kampmann and Alves bout. It should be entertaining!! Oh, and btw, Ellenberger beat Shields in way shorter time than GSP and in an undisputed manner. I would also love to see Ellenberger vs Condit again or a re-match between Rory McDonald vs Carlos Condit or Kampmann vs Condit 2. It’d be awesome to see Alves vs Ellenberger too!! There’s just so much room for variety!!! Also, Akiyama and Shields should make the welterweight division interesting too!!! I hope the UFC keeps it fresh and mixes it up!!!

  • Mario

    If Ellenberger can attack early and hurt him, then I see him winning this fight. If Diego drags it into wrestling territory, he might have the advantage. Jake is no slouch in that area either!

    Should be a good scrap.

  • This seems like an odd fight to make. Sanchez is a quality opponent but this kind of feels like a half step back for Ellenberger. Considering his current win streak and strong showing in his last fight I was expecting to see him fight someone higher up in the rankings. I realize everyone in the top 5 is matched up right now but it might have been a good idea for him to wait. All risk and not enough reward in this fight.

  • Hawk

    Not sure who will win, but I hope Diego gets destroyed in there!