Diego Sanchez has his wish and will fight at the UFC’s debut in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM., facing fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson in a lightweight clash.
Sanchez will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing performance against Myles Jury at UFC 171, losing a dominant decision. Sanchez never really got going in the fight, and blamed the poor display on something he ate the night before. This fight marked the first time ‘The Dream’ appeared inside the Octagon after his Fight of the Year contender against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166.
With his warrior spirit, windmill punches and entertainment value, Sanchez is one of the most popular fighters in the sport, though at the age of 32 and with 31 fights under his belt, many have speculated that this upcoming bout may be his last. To corroborate the speculation – albeit in a vague way – Sanchez released the following tweet:
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 28, 2014
Could the fight with Pearson be his last?
In Ross Pearson, he is fighting a respected lightweight who has fought some of the best in the division. In his last bout, the Brit was illegally kneed by Melvin Guillard which led to the fight being ruled a No Contest, but a rematch is now unlikely to happen in the future after Guillard was cut by the promotion.
Pearson has 7-3 (1 NC) record inside the UFC and also tested his waters in the featherweight division, going 1-1 before deciding to move back up. Since returning to 155lbs, Pearson is undefeated in his three fights, defeating George Sotiropolous and Ryan Couture via TKO.
A win is crucial for both fighters at this UFC Fight Night 43 event in Albuquerque, NM. The card is to be held on June 7 at Tingley Coliseum, headlined by a five round lightweight clash between former champ Benson Henderson and Russian prospect Rustam Khabilov.
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