On Monday, it was revealed a broken right hand would force Diego Sanchez out of his September 24th contest against Matt Hughes. Shortly after the unfortunate news broke, “The Dream” addressed his nightmarish situation.
“I am heartbroken that I have to inform MMA fans that I cannot fight Matt Hughes at UFC 135 later this month,” Sanchez expressed through a press release. “I have never physically felt more prepared to compete than I felt for this fight, which makes this even more painful for me.
“While I do not know right now when I will return, I want to assure all of the fans out there that I will be back in the Octagon as soon as I am 100 percent healthy.”
Sanchez holds an impressive 23-4 professional record, with his last 16 scraps coming from inside the Octagon. “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ winner was last seen taking a unanimous decision win over Martin Kampmann at “UFC on Versus 3.”
No timetable has been set for Sanchez’s return.
Just moments after the 29 year-old’s abrupt exit, Josh Koscheck agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to face Hughes. However, the ball is now in Hughes’ court to accept the welterweight affair.