UFC heavyweight Eddie Sanchez (6-1) is slated to get back in the Octagon at UFC 72 on June 16 after surviving almost five minutes locked in a cage with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic , according to FightNetwork.com.
His tentative opponent — Colin Robinson (6-1) — will make his UFC debut in front of a hometown Irish crowd in Belfast.
Here's a snip:
"Word from both sides' camps also pairs heavyweight Eddie Sanchez against Irishman Colin Robinson. ‘Big C' was slated to meet Wes Sims at this Saturday's Cage Wars in Dublin, but has since withdrawn from the bout."
Prior to the first round loss to Cro Cop at UFC 67, Sanchez upset Mario Neto at UFC 63 via knockout during his only other UFC appearance. He is a stand up fighter who apparently isn't scared to mix it up with some of the best in the business.
However, Robinson is not one of them.
In fact, he's fought just one fighter during his entire professional career who has more than two fights on his record — Robert Berry. Robinson won that fight via technical knockout, but this looks to be just a selection to get some homegrown talent on the card.
It could also be a "thank you" from Zuffa for risking life and limb against Cro Cop — who is head and shoulders above a young fighter such as Sanchez.
Regardless, the North County Fight Club product will not only be up against Robinson, but also a crowd that will most likely be pulling for their fellow countryman.
For the developing UFC 72 fight card click here.