Sanchez signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC on Tuesday,
clearing the path for a lightweight title bid against B.J. Penn at
107 in Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn.
Sanchez’s representation, Jeff Clark of
NCFC Management, confirmed the fighter’s re-signing with the
Once bout agreements are signed, Sanchez vs. Penn is expected to
co-headline the December pay-per-view event. A main event pairing
Evans against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to conclude their turns
as rival coaches on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10” has been
postponed. A replacement bout has not been announced.
The winner of season one of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Sanchez is on a
four-fight winning streak with the promotion. The 27-year-old
fighter dispatched Joe
Stevenson at UFC 95 last February and Clay Guida, via
a close split decision, at “The Ultimate Fighter 9” Finale in
Sanchez has only two losses on his docket to Jon Fitch and
Koscheck, both by decision in 2007. In his 23 career bouts,
Sanchez has never been stopped.