Trainer Greg Jackson said Diego Sanchez would take at least one more fight at welterweight, and that appears to be the case as the winner of the “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 will face Martin Kampmann in the main event of the next UFC on Versus card in March.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up, who stated verbal agreements are in place for the welterweight bout. MMAJunkie.com initially reported the match-up.
Returning to his roots, Diego Sanchez (22-4) went home to New Mexico following a couple of losses and found his way again under coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. The result was a stirring performance by Sanchez at UFC 121 in which he defeated Paulo Thiago to get back on track in the 170lb division.
Following the fight, it was up in the air whether Sanchez would drop back down to lightweight or remain at welterweight and now that question has been answered for at least one more fight.
Returning in March after fighting on the same night at UFC 121, Martin Kampmann (17-4) came up short in his efforts to derail Jake Shields’ UFC debut in October. Kampmann fought a tough fight, but came up just short losing by way of split decision.
Now he looks to gain traction back in the welterweight division when he faces Sanchez in a marquee fight slated for March.
While no venue has been confirmed for the show, March 3 currently looks like the day the UFC is targeting for their first UFC on Versus show in 2011. MMAWeekly.com first broke the news about the only other reported fight for the card with Mark Munoz taking on C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight bout on the card.