Diego Sanchez is set to return and plans on putting on another exciting show this weekend at UFC 171 in Dallas. “The Dream” will have a tough act to follow when he squares off against undefeated lightweight Myles Jury as Sanchez is fresh off one of the most exciting lightweight clashes in Octagon history.
Sanchez was most recently involved in an epic battle against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166 in Houston. The 2013 Fight of the Year candidate saw Sanchez drop a unanimous decision to “El Nino”, but the sensational nature of the savage contest raised the stock of both competitors.
Sanchez is no stranger to incredible fights as he’s been involved in a number of them since joining the organization back in the very first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He’s compiled a 13-6 record in 19 UFC appearances and the No. 15=ranked Sanchez is hoping to get further traction in the 155-pound division with a victory. His tenacity and intensity are second to none and he’s racked up a remarkable seven Fight of The Night bonuses.
Jury has started his career with 13 straight victories with four of those wins coming inside the Octagon. His biggest UFC win to date came against Michael Johnson. Jury’s most recent appearance was at UFC 165 where he bested Mike Ricci via split decision in a forgettable affair. He will be getting his most formidable test to date against Sanchez and will have to ratchet up his performance and intensity levels in a major way to keep his unbeaten record intact. “The Fury” has 11 finishes by knockout or submission in his thirteen triumphs.
This matchup is definitely one that features an organizational stalwart in Sanchez against the young upstart in Jury. Sanchez has shown fans his ability to absorb punishment and dish it out during the course of his action-packed career. He always brings it on fight night and is looking to pick up where he left off after the classic tilt with Melendez.
We will definitely learn more about Jury this weekend as to whether the talented prospect has the skills to hang with a proven veteran or whether he’s in for a harsh dose of reality.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports