‘TUF Winners’ Michael Chiesa, Diego Sanchez to Meet at UFC 239 in Las Vegas

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 9, 2019

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A welterweight bout between Michael Chiesa and Diego Sanchez is in the works for UFC 239.

According to ESPN, both Chiesa and Sanchez have verbally agreed to the bout, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 6. UFC 239 is headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos and will also see Amanda Nunes defend her bantamweight crown against Holly Holm in the co-main event.

Chiesa, who won Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” made a successful welterweight debut at UFC 232, where he submitted former interim champion Carlos Condit with a kimura 56 seconds into the second round of their bout. Prior to that, “Maverick” had dropped back-to-back contests at the hands of Anthony Pettis and Kevin Lee at 155 pounds.

A winner on the inaugural season of “TUF,” Sanchez has experienced a small resurgence of late. After losing three of four bouts — all via KO or TKO — from July 2016 to November 2017, the Jackson-Wink MMA stalwart has posted back-to-back triumphs over Craig White and Mickey Gall in his last two Octagon appearances.

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