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Report: Diego Sanchez to Face Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in October

(Corn’s in season? YES! YES! YES!)

According to  a report by, Diego Sanchez will remain at welterweight and will square off against dangerous Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 October 23 in Anaheim, California.

Sanchez confirmed the fight with the website via text message:

"Lol it’s top secret jk !!! all you girls need to know is I’m fighting Paulo thiago oct 23 at 121. I am giving everything I have in the training camp this time around, I will show my fans and ufc that that last fight I was only performing at 70 % with no one to blame but myself. I have found my focus again I am excpecting [sic] a war. Luv you two awesome fans!"

Both men will be looking to rebound from recent losses.

Having dropped his last two bouts to BJ Penn at UFC 107 and John Hathaway at UFC 114, another loss for Sanchez could potentially send him to the chopping block, making him the first The Ultimate Fighter winner (besides The Comeback season winner Travis Lutter) to be dropped by the promotion.

Whether or not it has any impact on the fight, it’s worth noting that Diego recently parted ways with trainers Saulo and Xande Ribeiro and moved back to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he trains at Albuquerque Kickboxing and not with his former team at Jackson’s MMA.

Although Thiago’s future with the promotion isn’t likely at risk considering he has only lost two of his five fights inside the Octagon and he stopped both Mike Swick and Josh Koscheck, he will be hungry to redeem himself for a lackluster performance against Martin Kampmann in his last fight at UFC 115.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez and will also feature the UFC debut of former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields, who will take on Kampmann.

UFC 121
October 23, 2010
Honda Center
Anaheim, California

UFC Heavyweight Championship Bout
Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago[3]
Patrick Côté vs TBA
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout
Chris Camozzi vs. Dong Yi Yang
Court McGee vs.  Ryan Jensen

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DazedNConfused- July 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm
@ MR, yah I really hated the fact they dropped Kang.

If Diego loses this, he'll probably be forced to go back to 155. Which, to me atleast, seems like his "money" weight class.

Losing, albeit being a horrible ass kicking, to BJ isn't exactly the reason to stop fighting at 155. Getting fucked up and looking chubby vs Hathaway may be a good reason to shut down the 170 dream though.
jgrant- July 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Diego Sanchez could be knocked out in 2 seconds in this fight and not be cut. Yeah he's 0-2 in his last 2 fights in a title fight and against the new British hope. If Machida loses to Rampage he'll be 0-2, will he be on the chopping block? Use some sense.
LET IT RAIN- July 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Thiago via KO round 2.

Shields puts Kampmann to sleep via fight reels.

If I only had an hour left to live, I'd watch Shields fight so he could make it seem like a fucking eternity. In the end, I'd probably just be bored to death.

Mike Russell- July 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Sokoudjou and Kang both got dropped after going 1-2 in the Octagon. Trigg got released after dropping two fights.
Booze n Brawl- July 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm
it seems TBA has dropped down in weight class, interesting...
ilvbllythekd12- July 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm
@Cecils_Pupils: WIN +1
cecils_pupils- July 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Diego loves his two fans: one is a box fan that sits in the window and the other oscillates.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- July 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm
didnt know diego had fans
Charming Charlie- July 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Remember back when Diego Sanchez was saying he'd probably go undefeated his whole career? I remember those post-TUF days.
MoTropolis- July 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I know Dan Quinn is his biggest fan, not sure sure who the #2 is.
agentsmith- July 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Even if he loses this one too, I highly doubt Sanchez will be cut. If they gave Mac Danzig another chance after losing three straight, they'll sure as fuck give the same to a MUCH bigger star like Sanchez.
Stak40- July 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Sanchez is 21-4. Although his last fight was pretty shitty, isnt it a little early for him to be on the chopping block?
Cock_Chestnar- July 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Clearly Diego is getting his 12 year old cousin Dora to write his material...."luv" WTF is that! I thought this guy was fighter, not a fairy.
nicey- July 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm
i thought the photoshop was a fucking win.
rlh61- July 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

Damn it, beat me to it. I didn't know he had two left after the Baby Jay fight...
Videodrome_NOW- July 21, 2010 at 11:47 am
Dammit. Beaten to the the punch by punches.
JZ89- July 21, 2010 at 11:47 am
Dumb photoshop
Videodrome_NOW- July 21, 2010 at 11:45 am
Does Diego mean "love you, 'too', fans"? Or does he only have "two" fans??
punches_in_bunches- July 21, 2010 at 11:44 am
Wonder who his 2 awesome fans are?
RearNakedPoke- July 21, 2010 at 11:42 am
isnt it "MAZE" not corn?