Diego Sanchez has verbally agreed to fight Kevin Lee for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion on March 11th in Florida.
The contract hasn’t been signed as yet, but as far as Sanchez is concerned it appears to be a done deal.
“What a great challenge 2022 will be I lean on God for the determination to be victorious,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter alongside a poster of him standing next to Lee.
It’s a somewhat surprising announcement given that it’s only been a matter of weeks since the 39-year-old Sanchez was in hospital suffering from severe symptoms of Covid, including pneumonia and blood clots in his legs.
However, Sanchez now claims to finally be free from the virus and is looking forward to what the new year has in store for him.
“Fully recovered and excited for 2021 to be over! and start fresh new league new weight class new inspirations,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez would be fighting for the first time since being released by the UFC in May ahead of what was supposed to be his retirement fight against Donald Cerrone, after the promotion finally lost patience with the interference of the fighter’s coach at the time, Josh Fabia.
Sanchez has since parted ways with Fabia, but the UFC have opted not to welcome the veteran back into the fold.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Lee was also set free by the UFC recently not long after receiving a six month USADA ban for taking a banned substance, adderall, which he has since claimed was being used to combat issues with ADHD.
Lee had also lost four of his past five fights at the time, but it was still unexpected when the former interim lightweight champion was abruptly released from the UFC in November.