The UFC’s lightweight division just got a little more interesting, as former title-contender Diego Sanchez has announced his intention to drop back down to 155 pounds for his next fight. Sanchez revealed the news on Twitter where he stated he’s already started shedding weight for the move and is hoping to land a five-round headliner in his return to the Octagon.
The Ultimate Fighter OG’s first foray in the lightweight division saw him notch wins over Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson before losing to champion B.J. Penn via doctor’s decision after “The Prodigy” opened up a significant gash on Sanchez’s forehead. The loss, coupled with some personal issues, prompted Sanchez’s return to welterweight where he has since gone 2-2 including victories over Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves.
Sanchez did not mention any potential opponents for his next match-up, though he has expressed past interest in facing Anthony Pettis. Perhaps adding to the possibility of a pairing, like Pettis, the 23-5 Sanchez is currently on the shelf while recovering from shoulder surgery and also expected to be 100% again in a few months.
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