The original Ultimate Fighter, former Lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez (25-8) will be returning to 155 lbs. March 5th against fellow vet Jim Miller (25-7); in what will be the featured fight of the UFC 197 Fight Pass prelims.
Both fighters will be looking to rebound as both are coming off losses and both have lost 3 of there last 4. Sanchez is coming off moving to Featherweight and dropping a decision to Ricardo Lamas.,while Miller is looking to bounce back from being submitted by Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 80.
Sanchez has been fighting inside the octagon since 2005 and has fought in 4 different weight-classes. “The Dream” or “The Nightmare” which ever you’d like to call him Sanchez has his most success at Lightweight from 2008 to 2009 winning 4 straight before losing to then champion BJ Penn at UFC 107. Sanchez has 15 stoppage wins with 9 via submission.
New Jersey’s, Miller debuted with the promotion at UFC 89 and won 9 of his first 10 fights. Since then Miller is 5-5, with 1 no contest a loss to Pat Healy, what was change due to Healy failing his drug test (Marijuana). Miller last had his hand raised this past July taking a split decision from Danny Castillo. As far as winning iside the distance goes Miller has 14 of 17 stoppage win by way of submission.
Also newly added to UFC 197 is a Featherweight bout between Indian’s Darren “The Damage” Elkins (19-5), who’s’ 3-3 in his last 6, coming off a unanimous decision win over Robert Whiteford, and Team Takedown member Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly (15-1), who’s on a 4 fight win streak coming off submitting Edimilson Souza at UFC Fight Night 77.
UFC 197 is March 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring Miesha Tate challenging Holly Holm for the UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Championship of the World; and UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will challenge Rafael Dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship of the World.