by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
UFC president Dana White, at the UFC 92 post-fight press conference on Saturday night, confirmed a previously rumored lightweight bout between Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and new 155-pounder Diego Sanchez for UFC 95 in London, England.
According to White, the fight will serve as the main event when the promotion returns to the O2 Arena.
Sanchez will step into the bout against Stevenson on a two-fight win streak, but will be making his debut in the lightweight division.
The New Mexico native has long talked about moving down to 155 pounds, but with this confirmation, the former “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 winner transitions into a stacked lightweight division with a very tough test in his first fight.
Stevenson, the season 2 winner of the “Ultimate Fighter,” has gone 1-2 in his three most recent bouts – losses to B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian sandwiched a win over Gleison Tibau – and looks to get back into contender’s contention with a win against Sanchez.
Stevenson opened his own school in California while working at several different gyms for his fight preparation recently.
The bout between Sanchez and Stevenson will headline UFC 95, which marks the promotion’s first trip to England in 2009.