Diego Sanchez inks new eight-fight UFC contract, wants winning Joe Lauzon at UFC 171

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Diego Sanchez has signed a new eight-fight deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). And if Joe Lauzon defeats Mac Danzig this weekend at UFC on FOX 9, he wants to give him a run at UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas, next year.

Not only did Diego Sanchez earn "Fight of the Night" honors for his role in the Lightweight classic between himself and Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166, but according to a report from "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening, "The Dream" has a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) eight-fight contract.

Sanchez also dished to the FOX Sports 1 program about who he would like to fight next and where he would like for the bout to take place.

Following a recent social media war with Conor McGregor that made mixed martial arts (MMA) headlines, and culminated with a "Notorious" guarantee that the match would go down at 170 pounds once he recovers from knee surgery, many assumed Sanchez would continue to fan the flames.

Instead the 31-year-old hopes to fight a man in action this weekend at UFC on Fox 9, Joe Lauzon. That is, of course, if "J-Lau" is successful against Mac Danzig. And if that turns out to be the case in Sacramento, Calif., Sanchez hopes the two collide inside the Octagon at UFC 171, which goes down at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, on March 15, 2014.

That's a potential firefight if it does indeed come to fruition; however, one has to wonder from a health perspective if Sanchez has one of those left in him, much less eight, after the damage he has sustained in recent matches.

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