Yesterday it was first reported by MMAJunkie.com that Albuquerque’s Diego Sanchez of Jackson’s-Winklejohn’s MMA would face number one lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez on the UFC 166 card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Both fighters are coming off of respective controversial bouts; Sanchez (24-5) off a close March split decision victory against Takanori Gomi while Melendez (21-3) dropped a split decision of his own against current lightweight champion Benson Henderson in April.
Despite the loss, Melendez, remains ranked number on the UFC top ten lightweights, a list that Sanchez has never seen since its inception in February.
As the co-main event for UFC 166 he fight will help compose the undercard for the third heavyweight championship match between current champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior Dos Santos.
Ironically, the only other time Sanchez ever fought at the Toyota Center was when he suffered his first career loss against Josh Koshcheck at UFC 69. At that point of his career Sanchez was 17-0 and was in line for a welterweight championship title shot before the loss.