Fans in the American state of New Mexico are doing backflips now that the UFC confirmed on Wednesday that longtime welterweight Diego Sanchez (29-12-0) will return to the octagon against up-and-coming Brazilian Michel Pereira (23-10-0, 2 NC) at Rio Rancho’s UFC on ESPN+ 25 in February.
Sanchez, 37, will have the home field advantage as he looks to return to the win column. His last fight was a competitive decision loss to Michael Chiesa at UFC 239 in July, but he won two straight fights before that.
Meanwhile, Pereira, 26, is also for looking for a big win. He had a three fight win streak snapped in his last bout against Tristan Connelly at UFC on ESPN+ 15 last September.
UFC on ESPN+ 25 is UFC Rio Rancho takes place Saturday, Feb. 15 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
More bouts are expected to be announced.