Long-time UFC veterans Diego Sanchez and Jim Miller are set to fight at UFC 197 in a lightweight bout on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.
Diego Sanchez (25-8) has been with the UFC since the first Ultimate Fighter back in 2005, and he remains the only TUF 1 alum still active in the UFC. Sanchez’s MMA career has witnessed a decline as of late after he went 2-4 in his last 6 bouts, with one of the two wins being a controversial split-decision over Ross Pearson in Sanchez’s hometown of Albuquerque. Over the period of his UFC career, Sanchez has earned a total of 7 Fight of the Night bonuses with 3 of them being candidates for Fight of the Year.
Sanchez, who is now 34 years old, made his first attempt to fight at featherweight back in November. He lost via unanimous decision to #5 ranked contender Ricardo Lamas. This fight marked the fourth weight division that Sanchez has competed in, making him the second fighter in the UFC ever to do so. Sanchez concluded that cutting down to 145 pounds was not healthy for him and that he would be moving back up to lightweight.
Jim Miller (25-7, 1 NC) was signed by the UFC back in 2008 and has fought a total of 21 times under the promotion’s banner. He witnessed the majority of his success between 2009 and 2011 where he went on a 7-fight win streak with 4 of those wins coming by way of stoppage. The 32-year old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace has earned a total of 7 post-fight bonuses, including a Fight of the Year candidate for his win over Joe Lauzon in 2012. Miller is 1-1 in his last two fights; the win being a split-decision over Danny Castillo and the loss being a 2nd-round submission against Michael Chiesa, a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
This fight will air as the ‘Featured Bout’ of the UFC 197 Fight Pass prelims. UFC 197 will be held in Las Vegas on March 5. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between challenger and featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.