Diego Sanchez will attempt to continue his ascent back up the welterweight ladder when he takes on red-hot contender Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV 1, which is scheduled to take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., on Feb. 15, 2012.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just officially announced the volatile 170-pound match up between the "Dream" and the "Juggernaut," confirming that it will serve as the main event of the evening.
Sanchez is currently riding a two-fight win streak since returning to the division after a failed bid to wrest the 155-pound title from the clutches of then UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn at UFC 107 back in Dec. 2009. He stumbled in his first fight back at welterweight, dropping a unanimous decision to John Hathaway, but managed to later go on to outpoint Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann in back-to-back performances.
It certainly won't get any easier for Sanchez -- who is returning from a long layoff because of a broken hand -- against Ellenberger, who is on an absolute tear, even piquing the interest of UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
Ellenberger, who claims he's got the style to finally dethrone the king of the 170-pound mountain, is fresh off a crushing knockout over top-ranked welterweight and former number one division contender, Jake Shields, at UFC Fight Night 25.
It marked the fourth time in his five most recent appearances inside the Octagon that Ellenberger has finished an opponent, taking out Mike Pyle, John Howard and Sean Pearson in impressive fashion. And if he makes it five out of six against Sanchez, he'll do it in front of a hometown crowd.
Ellenberger hails from Omaha and even serves as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
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