A scrap sure to deliver smiles has gone from rumored to official, as lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez have agreed to action on October 19 at UFC 166. Both are aggressive, well-rounded competitors with sights set on a title-shot in the immediate future.
The match-up was confirmed earlier today by UFC brass. The Houston-bound card is scheduled to feature heavyweight title-holder Cain Velasquez put his gold up for grabs against Junior dos Santos in the main event.
Melendez (21-3) made his UFC debut in April, taking champ Benson Henderson the distance only to lose a Split Decision. The defeat snapped a seven-fight winning streak for Melendez including success over the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Shinya Aoki, and Josh Thomson.
The 24-5 Sanchez made his return to the lightweight division earlier this year after a run at 170 pounds, beating Takanori Gomi by a narrow margin. Fifteen of the original Ultimate Fighter winner’s victories have featured some form of finish though it’s been more than five years since Sanchez put a foe away.