Reports of a welterweight clash between Jake Ellenberger for the UFC on FOX 2 card were found untrue when Sanchez’ manager denied them on Twitter recently. However, it seems the fight is still on for some time in 2012.
Ellenberger is coming off the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Jake Shields to improve to 5-1 in the UFC. “The Juggernaut” landed a heavy knee on Shields, a former contender for the UFC welterweight title and an ex-Strikeforce champion, and followed that up with a series of punches that ended the fight.
Sanchez was set to meet Matt Hughes earlier this year, but suffered a hand injury in training and was forced to pull out of the fight. The former Ultimate Fighter winner is 23-4 in his career and is working his way back into title-talk at 170 pounds after competing as a lightweight for much of his career.
Reports of the fight being a go were made by HeavyMMA, as nothing has been confirmed by the UFC. UFC on FOX 2 is expected to take place on January 28 in Chicago. Other potential landing spots for the bout expected in the period directly after that include a trio of events in February and a recently rumored show in Australia on March 4.
UPDATE: The UFC has announced Ellenberger and Sanchez will headlined the first UFC on Fuel card set for February 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.
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