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.