News of an exciting upcoming Welterweight fight has surfaced. Heavy.com reports that it will be Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger taking place on a future UFC card. No exact date is yet set, though both men have agreed to the bout. Some rumors have it as taking place on the January 28 UFC on Fox 2 card (where it could join Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz on the televised card), though Sanchez's manager Malki Kawa says that date is not happening.
Regardless where it goes down, this is a great fight with title implications. Diego is 2-1 since his return to Welterweight at UFC 114. He looked great in his UFC 121 win over Paulo Thiago, but his win over Martin Kampmann remains a source of controversy, as many felt Diego rightly lost that one. Sanchez at one point held an impressive 17-0 record, and while he's fallen a few steps since those days, his name value, veteran status, and series of amazing fights all make him a viable contender to the Welterweight crown. This could also be his last chance to make a real run at the belt, as his 10 years in the sport look to be catching up to him lately.
Ellenberger is coming into this fight on 5 straight wins including his huge defeat of Jake Shields in September. That 1 minute KO was a massive win for Ellenberger that really pushed him ahead of the pack of contenders at 170. A win over Diego would only keep that momentum strong.
The winner here will join Carlos Condit and Jon Fitch at the very top of the Welterweight ranks, waiting to see how the rumored UFC 143 Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz title fight plays out, and who would be next in line.