Diego Sanchez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A much-anticipated lightweight bout between one-time “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez and scrappy fan-favorite Clay Guida will headline “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale”, which will take place on June 20 at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
“Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida has the potential to be one of the most action packed fights of the year,” UFC President Dana White said today in a press release. “Both men have won multiple “Fight of the Night “awards and are two of the most aggressive grapplers in the division. Guida is coming off a big win over Nate Diaz and Sanchez just defeated Joe Stevenson. The winner of this fight will move into the upper portion of the lightweight rankings and get that much closer to a title shot.”
After spending the majority of his UFC career in the welterweight division, Sanchez opted to drop down to lightweight and picked his first win in his new weight class at UFC 95 in February, winning a unanimous decision over former title challenger Joe Stevenson.
Consecutive fights against tough competition had Guida struggle at the start of his tenure in the UFC, but “The Carpenter” has now reeled off three straight victories, including consecutive decision wins over “Ultimate Fighter” winners Nate Diaz and Mac Danzig.
No other bouts were confirmed during today’s announcements, but some rumored fights for the card include Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz, Anthony Johnson vs. Matt Brown, and Kevin Burns vs. Chris Lytle.
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