Diego Sanchez to fight Marcin Held on TUF Latin America finale
Two fights have been added to the Ultimate Fighter Latin America Finale on Nov. 5.
Diego Sanchez will square off against Marcin Held and Jorge Masvidal will be taking on No. 5 ranked welterweight Kelvin Gastelum.
Sanchez who’s lost three of his last five, the most recent to Joe Lauzon at UFC 200, will be taking on 24-year-old Pole Marcin Held. In comparison, Held is 4-1 in his last five, with the loss coming at the hands of veteran and recently acquired Will Brooks.
Held is a season ten Bellator Lightweight tournament winner with a record of 22-4. With losses to the aforementioned Will Brooks, current Bellator lightweight champion Micheal Chandler, Bellator season 2 lightweight tournament winner Dave Jansen and fellow Polish fighter Łukasz Sajewski. In Held’s last fight back in May, we saw him avenge his loss to Dave Jansen at Bellator 155 via unanimous decision.
Sanchez a long time fan favorite, brawler and seven-time fight of the night winner, will have his hands full with the with young submission artist.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jorge Masvidal
Gastelum, the fifth-ranked UFC welterweight is coming off a unanimous decision victory over former UFC welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks. The young Ultimate Fighter Season 17 winner boasts a record of 12-2 with both his two losses coming via split decision to Neil Magny and current champ Tyron Woodley.
Masvidal who recently won a unanimous decision over British fighter Ross Pearson will be looking to add to the another W to the win column. Masvidal’s 2-2 since his return to welterweight, and could make a significant jump in the rankings with a win over Gastelum. With the welterweight belt being tied up, between Woodley, Wonderboy, Maia and potentially Georges St.Pierre, even an outstanding performance from Gastelum could yield little result in terms of moving closer to title contention.
The rest of the main card features a 155-pound contender bout between Tony Ferguson and former 155lbs champ Rafael Dos Anjos, and another lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush and Rashid Magomedov who’s on a twelve fight win streak.