It appears the hotly-rumored welterweight scrap between Jake Ellenberger (Pictured) and Diego Sanchez has finally secured a date. On Tuesday, the UFC announced the 170-pounders will collide on February 15th in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ellenberger will be enjoying some home-cage advantage, as the 18,000-seat CenturyLink Center in Omaha is the frontrunner to play host.
“The Juggernaut” owns a 25-5 professional record, including five straight victories inside the Octagon. Ellenberger’s past two fights have lasted a total of three minutes and 35 seconds. In the biggest bout of his young career, Ellenberger seized the moment by violently putting Jake Shields down with a vicious barrage of knees and strikes in September.
Sanchez holds an impressive 23-4 pro mark, with his last 16 contests coming under the UFC’s banner. “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ winner was last seen taking a unanimous decision win over Martin Kampmann at “UFC on Versus 3.”
Sanchez was slated meet Matt Hughes at UFC 135 in September, but “Dream” was forced to pull out at the 11th hour with a broken right hand. He has been on the mend ever since.
FUEL TV will broadcast the card’s main bouts. It will mark the network’s first live mixed martial arts show.
Ellenberger vs. Sanchez headlines the freebie fight card.