UFC president Dana White announced earlier today that welterweight fighter Diego Sanchez had been forced to withdraw from his UFC 135 fight against UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes after breaking his hand in training.
Sanchez spoke about his forced removal from the fight in a release (props to MMAWeekly.com).
“I am heartbroken that I have to inform MMA fans that I cannot fight Matt Hughes at UFC 135 later this month,” Sanchez said. “I have never physically felt more prepared to compete than I felt for this fight, which makes this even more painful for me.”
Though he admits to being upset and discouraged over the fight’s cancellation, the fighter formerly known as The Nightmare is still supremely motivated to return to the cage once his injury heals.
“While I do not know right now when I will return, I want to assure all of the fans out there that I will be back in the Octagon as soon as I am 100 percent healthy,” he promised.
As of now, it looks like Sanchez’s old TUF 1 rival Josh Koscheck will be stepping up to face off against Hughes in his place; the bout is apparently only pending Hughes’ acceptance.
UFC 135 is scheduled to take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and will feature in the main event a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jon Jones and former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.