Diego Sanchez’s first fight at 155-pounds is likely to come against recent lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson at UFC 95 on February 21st in London, England, according to Sherdog.
The bout is expected to be the co-headliner of the evening after initial plans to have UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva headline the event fell through.
Sanchez, one of a handful of contenders in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division, announced earlier this month that he planned to drop down to lightweight after competing for over three years as a welterweight since winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight. “The Nightmare” is 8-2 inside the octagon, losing only to welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch while picking up notable victories over Kenny Florian, Nick Diaz and Karo Parisyan. He last fought in June at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, defeating Luigi Fioravanti via third-round TKO.
Stevenson won The Ultimate Fighter 2’s welterweight tournament with a victory over Luke Cummo, but lost to Josh Neer in his very next fight. After stringing together four-straight victories over Yves Edwards, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Melvin Guillard, and Kurt Pellegrino, “Daddy” challenged lightweight title-holder BJ Penn for the belt but was submitted in the second round. He bounced back with a win over Gleison Tibau but was submitted by top lightweight contender Kenny Florian in the first-round at UFC 91 in November.