Diego Sanchez’s next fight will be against Craig White at UFC 228 in Dallas Texas on September 10th the promotion has confirmed.
The fight comes at a troubling time in the 36-year-old Sanchez’s career, having just come off back-to-back knockout losses against Al Iaquinta and Matt Brown – both of which occurred in the first round.
Not so long ago Sanchez was famed for his unbreakable chin, but since a first round TKO loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC 200 in 2016, it’s clear that he’s no longer able to withstand the punishment that he once could, and now that he’s operating back at welterweight there’s every chance that could continue to be a problem.
However, this will be a significant step down in competition for Sanchez, as he’ll be facing a relative newcomer to the UFC in White, who made his short notice debut against Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 130 back in May, losing by KO in the first round.
In total, White has a 14-8 record and had compiled a four-fight winning streak in the Cage Warriors promotion prior to joining the UFC, all coming by way of stoppage inside the distance.
Sanchez Vs White joins a UFC 228 card that’s set to be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till, plus a women’s flyweight title encounter between Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko.