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Sanchez Off UFC 164, Bout With Melendez Targeted


With the line-up for UFC 164 card nearing completion, news has surfaced that one of its expected combatants, Diego Sanchez, will no longer fight at the August 31st event. According to a recent report from MMA, the 31 year-old vet will not fight on the card as originally planned, and is instead, being targeted for a bout with Gilbert Melendez.

The report cites “multiple sources”, who have confirmed that the UFC is hoping to book a bout between Melendez and Sanchez for sometime in October or November. Sanchez never had an opponent signed for UFC 164, which already features several compelling fights, including lightweight champ Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant, Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett, and Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes. 

Sanchez hasn’t fought since he worked his way to a tightly contested, split decision win over former PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi in February. The bout marked Sanchez’s return to 155 pounds, after he lost by UD to welterweight Jake Ellenberger in February, 2012.

Melendez is coming off a split decision loss to Henderson at UFC on FOX 7 in April, which ended the former Strikeforce champ’s seven fight winning streak.

It’s an interesting, and somewhat surprising bout, which should be pretty entertaining. UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center.

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