Diego Sanchez will take on Roan Carneiro when the UFC comes to Columbus, Ohio on March 1st for UFC 82. Sanchez announced the bout over MySpace earlier this week.
Sanchez (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was a participant on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter defeating Kenny Florian on the finale of the show to win the middleweight title. After the win “Nightmare” immediately moved down to welterweight where he defeated Brian Gassaway, Nick Diaz, John Alessio, Karo Parisyan, and Joe Riggs. Sanchez next suffered back-to-back losses to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69 and Jon Fitch at UFC 76.
Carneiro (12-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) made his UFC debut in 2007 topping Rich Clementi via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 9. Following a submission loss to Jon Fitch at UFC Fight Night 10 in June “Jucao” rebounded with a year-end win over Tony DeSouza at UFC 79 in December.