According to MMAJunkie.com, Diego Sanchez has healed well enough from his broken hand to get back to training.
The longtime UFC staple was set to face off against former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes last month at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage but was forced out of the bout at close to the last minute when he broke his right hand in training. His old rival, Josh Koscheck, stepped up and took out Hughes in his place.
Just a month after the injury, Sanchez has had his cast removed and his doctor’s have cleared him to begin training again.
“I feel great,” Sanchez said. “In some senses, this injury has been a blessing because I’ve been forced to train in ways and on things that I never before had thought of or considered. I truly feel as going though this injury is going to make me a better fighter in the long run.
“I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon and compete. I think the fans will like what they see too.”
Sanchez last appeared in action at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann opposite Dutch fighter Martin Kampmann, taking home a unanimous decision and Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.
He has been largely rumored to be facing Jake Ellenberger when he makes his eventual return next year.