Diego Sanchez is set to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV tonight and believes a win over "The Juggernaut" is enough for him to fight interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, according to mmamania.com.
"You know, this is a big fight with Jake Ellenberger because I believe he is one of the top guys in the division. He has more momentum than a (Josh) Koscheck or a (Johny) Hendricks right now," Sanchez said.
Indeed Ellenberger is one of the top 170lbers whose only loss in his UFC career comes at the hands of Condit in his UFC debut in 2009. Since then, Ellenberger has strung five consecutive wins, four ending in TKO/KO. He last demolished Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger via TKO at the :53 mark of the first round.
Sanchez has found success as well. Ever since returning to the welterweight division, "The Dream" has gone 2-1 over three fights, two fight win streak. Martin Kampmann was Sanchez's last victim as he defeated "The Hitman" via unanimous decision at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.
"I have to go in and beat him and I have to beat him convincingly and that's what I came to Omaha to do. There's no added pressure fighting him in his hometown," Sanchez said.
Sanchez and Ellenberger will headline tonight's debut event on Fuel TV. It is also important to note that this will be Sanchez's first fight in nearly a year; Sanchez was sidelined by a broken hand.