Rumors have been swirling for weeks now that Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger were in talks to meet in the Octagon next year, possibly at UFC on FOX 2.
Well, according to Heavy.com, the rumors were true about the match-up, just not the event. Sanchez and Ellenberger have reportedly agreed to meet next year, but the date and location is still unknown.
A long rumored fight between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger has been agreed to by both fighters, but is awaiting a date and location.
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations on Saturday told Heavy.com the two welterweights will meet, likely sometime this winter. But the most talked-about date – Jan. 28 at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago – is not likely to happen. Additionally, Sanchez’s agent, Malki Kawa, took to Twitter earlier this week to say Sanchez would not be appearing on the Chicago card.
“Styles make fights and I go into each fight with no fear, working my strategy and what I’m gonna do. GSP is fantastic, one of the best fighters in the world. I’m working my way up, one fight at a time and hopefully I can get to fight GSP. I think [my style] is definitely one to give him more trouble than a lot in the past. He’s one of the best fighters in this sport. I definitely have to be prepared and I’ve dedicated by life to training and doing everything I have to do to keep improving on things I’m weaker at or not as strong and become more well-rounded. I definitely believe I can beat GSP. I think I can beat anybody in my weight class in the world. I just have to continue to stay focused.”
Ellenberger will have to get past Sanchez if he wants to stay in the running for a welterweight title shot, but if that opportunity comes, GSP will be ready for him. GSP comments on the potential match-up in the video interview below with Sportsnet.ca.
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Update: MMA Junkie is reporting that this fight will likely headline a Feb. 15 card that will air on FUEL TV.