Diego Sanchez inks new multi-fight deal, eyeing March return at UFC 171

Diego Sanchez is coming off what could be the Fight of the Year

against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166 in October. UFC president Dana

White was super impressed with his performance afterward and now

the tough-as-nails lightweight will likely be seeing the effect in

his wallet.

Sanchez signed a new multi-fight contract with the UFC recently,

according to UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. The 31-year-old

hopes to return at UFC 171 in Dallas in March.

If Sanchez gets his wish, that probably means his next fight

won’t be against Conor McGregor. The two of them have warred

for the

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target="_blank">last few weeks on Twitter with McGregor

getting a little ethnic, calling Sanchez “guacamole

brain.”

McGregor, a featherweight, will be out until closer to summer

after surgery to

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target="_blank">repair a torn ACL earlier this year. That

doesn’t mean the two won’t eventually meet in the

Octagon even though they fight in two different weight classes.