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Diego Sanchez, who recently announced his intention to drop to lightweight, will reportedly take on Joe Stevenson in his first 155-pound match, according to Sherdog. Sanchez has verbally agreed to the fight, which would take place at UFC 95 (February 21st, London), though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
It’s somewhat strange that the TUF 1 middleweight winner is dropping in weight after two impressive victories (over David Bielkheden and Luigi Fioravanti), and somewhat unfortunate that Stevenson may be heading for his third loss in four fights. "Daddy" could probably use a tune-up match after being choked out by Kenny Florian last month. But with BJ Penn chasing a welterweight belt, now might be the best time for Sanchez to get all up in the lightweight mix. For the record, Florian would welcome a rematch with Sanchez, who beat him at the TUF 1 finale. In other UFC news…
— The UFC’s heavyweight-signing spree continues. Following Mustapha Al-Turk, Mike Wessel, Mark Burch, Pat Berry, and Denis Stojnic, Dutch submission artist Stefen Struve has been signed to a four-fight contract. The 20-year old Team Schrijber member has already racked up a 22-2 record, and has notched choke-out victories over UFC vets Colin Robinson and Mario Neto this year. He will likely make his debut at UFC 95 against an opponent to be named later.
— A lightweight scrap between Rich Clementi and Gleison Tibau has been booked for the undercard of UFC Fight Night 17. Both fighters are coming off losses, as Clementi was laid on for three rounds by Gray Maynard at UFC 90, and Tibau has lost back-to-back matches to Tyson Griffin and Joe Stevenson.
— TUF 7 goofball Matt "Chipper" Riddle, who had to pull out of a UFC 91 match against Ryan Thomas due to a knee injury, is expected to make his welterweight debut in April against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Riddle had been training at Arizona Combat Sports, but is planning to relocate to the Warrior Training Center in Las Vegas.