Diego Sanchez, the original winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has just confirmed his return to the welterweight division as he will be taking on John Hathaway at UFC 114.
“Finally got a opponent john hathaway he’s 12-0 tough kid from the uk. we will be fighting may 29 in VEGAS!!!!! its on!!!” Sanchez wrote on his Twitter account.
Following his UFC 107 loss to champ BJ Penn, Sanchez announced his intentions of returning to the 170-pound division.
Instead of throwing Sanchez to the wolves, such as top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch or Josh Koscheck, the UFC instead chose to have Sanchez return against an up-and-comer in Hathaway. At the same time, it provides the organization a chance to see if Hathaway is a legitimate threat at 170lbs.
Hathaway holds a perfect 12-0 professional record, including three straight inside the Octagon. He was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Paul Taylor at UFC 105.
UFC 114 is expected to take place inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.