This is how the card is looking so far for UFC 121 sheduled to take place in Anaheim, CA on October 23, 2010.mmajunkie.com staff said:Welterweights Diego Sanchez (21-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Paulo Thiago (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) look to return to the winner's circle when they meet at UFC 121.
PennyJoMMA.com first reported the matchup on Tuesday evening, and multiple outlets have since confirmed that verbal agreements are in place and both fighters are expected to make it official shortly. It is unknown whether the fight is a part of the event's televised lineup.
UFC 121 takes place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a heavyweight headliner between current champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez.
Sanchez recently returned to the 170-pound class after a devastating loss to then-lightweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 107 this past December. Unfortunately, the "welcome back" mat was rolled up by British prospect John Hathaway, who consistently outstruck him en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 114.
A winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 1," Sanchez made his octagon debut at middleweight but quickly moved to the welterweight class following the inaugural reality fight show, and he racked up five straight wins in the division. He hit a roadblock in 2007 with losses to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, which brought forth hints that he might drop to 155 pounds.
Sanchez put the decision off with two more welterweight victories before making the move to lightweight official with a fight against Joe Stevenson at UFC 95. Following a decision win, he earned his title shot with another decision nod over Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale that made many observers' "Fight of the Year" lists.
While Thiago's home has always been at 170 pounds, his path to the title recently took a diversion when he fell short on points against Martin Kampmann at UFC 115. It was a disappointing turn for the full-time special forces police officer after an impressive win over Mike Swick, in which he choked the American Kickboxing Academy fighter out cold at UFC 109. The Brazilian has thus far made a name fighting AKA fighters, particularly with a debut knockout of Josh Koscheck at UFC 95, though AKA teammate Jon Fitch avenged the loss at UFC 100.
In an interview with MMAjunkie.com on the week of UFC 115, Thiago said he had no plans to quit his day job as a cop and aimed for a title shot in 2011. Sanchez is the first step back up the welterweight ladder.
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I cant wait for this. i live in Los Angeles, CA and will definately be attending this!!!!!
Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs Martin Kampmann
Tito Ortiz vs TBA
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Patrick Côté vs. Tom Lawlor
Chris Camozzi vs. Dong Yi Yang