Diego Sanchez has risen to the top of the UFC, but he started feeling like one of his career goals was unreachable.

This evening, Sanchez will fulfill that quest, competing in Japan against Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann.

“First of all, coming to Japan was always a goal, a dream of mine,” said Sanchez, during the pre-fight press conference earlier this week. “Fighting through King of the Cage, I always had this dream of (fighting in Japan). It’s something I’ve dreamed about.”

After a brief run at welterweight, Sanchez (23-5) re-focused his conditioning on moving back down to lightweight. Once that decision was made, seeing a name like Gomi on the roster gave him the push to seek a fight in Japan.

“I looked at the opponents (at 155), and what better opportunity than to come out here to Japan, fight one of the greatest fighters to come out of Japan in his own hometown,” Sanchez said. “It’s a perfect situation for war, for a battle; to give you the fans, the company a great showing and a great fight.”

Competing at 155 pounds is a much better fit for Sanchez, as welterweight was just too big for him. Jake Ellenberger controlled the action vs. Sanchez last year, but “The Dream” can now be the bigger fighter at lightweight.