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Diego Sanchez Injured; Out of Bout with Matt Hughes

Up-to-the minute news about the emerging fight card for UFC 135, taking place September 24 in Denver, Colorado.

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The UFC 135 card in Denver on September 24th will see a change in the co-main event, as UFC President Dana White announced Monday via Twitter that Diego Sanchez has been forced out of his bout with Hall of Famer Matt Hughes due to injury.

"Diego Sanchez broke his hand. Looking for a replacement for Hughes," tweeted White.

That replacement was found quickly, as former title challenger and current contender Josh Koscheck eagerly accepted the short notice bout against the welterweight legend.

In the UFC 135 main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his crown against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

New Featherweight Fight for the Mile High City updated August 31
The UFC 135 featherweight battle between Diego Nunes and Manny Gamburyan has been retooled as both men suffered injuries forcing them to withdraw from the card. Instead, UFC veteran Junior Assuncao will return to the Octagon to fight promotional debutant Eddie Yagin at featherweight.

Additionally, the Kid Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page bout on that card has been scrapped because both athletes are injured.

Nunes-Gamburyan, Escovedo-Mizugaki Slated for UFC 135 updated July 22
Four of the UFC's lighter weight warriors will be back in the Octagon for September 24th's UFC 135 card in Denver, as verbal agreements are in for a featherweight bout between Diego "The Gun" Nunes and Manny Gamburyan, and a bantamweight scrap pitting Cole Escovedo against Takeya Mizugaki.

Ring Faces "The Barbarian" on September 24
Unbeaten in two UFC bouts thus far, The Ultimate Fighter's Nick Ring will get his toughest Octagon test to date on September 24th when he squares off against "The Barbarian," Tim Boetsch, in a middleweight battle verbally agreed to on Tuesday.

Denver gets Romero vs. Te Huna Clash
Hard-charging light heavyweights Ricardo Romero and James Te Huna will meet in a high stakes battle on September's UFC 135 card in Denver. Both 205-pounders are looking to rebound from recent losses.

TUF Winner Ferguson Meets Riley in Denver
Following his stirring knockout of Ramsey Nijem earlier this month to win the Ultimate Fighter season 13 crown, Tony Ferguson will waste little time returning to the Octagon, as he will take on veteran Aaron Riley at UFC 135 in a new division, lightweight.

"Ultimate Fighter winner Tony 'El Cucuy' Ferguson has verbally agreed to drop down to the lightweight division to take on relentless veteran Aaron Riley September 24 in Denver, Colorado," said UFC President Dana White.

Gomi Faces His Second Diaz at UFC 135

September's big UFC 135 card in Denver just got bigger with the addition of a lightweight clash between former PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi and Nate Diaz, who is returning to the 155-pound weight class after a stint at welterweight.

“Verbal agreements are in for an explosive lightweight matchup, as the “Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 135," said UFC President Dana White. "Gomi had an amazing battle with Nick Diaz in PRIDE and is looking for some payback against his brother.”

UFC 135 Gets Title, HWT Bouts
An electrifying title fight has been confirmed as the main event of UFC 135, taking place in Denver this September.

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former light heavyweight boss Rampage Jackson have verbally agreed to the clash, said UFC president Dana White. Both men are coming off successes at UFC 128 and UFC 130, respectively, and after treating possible injuries, both have been medically cleared to compete.

MMA’s breakout star, Jones stunned the world in March with his third round TKO of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the 205-pound belt. Jackson, who owned the title from 2007 to 2008, has put together back-to-back wins over Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill to earn his long-awaited shot at regaining the crown.

Another big-boy rumble in the Rockies has also been added to the event, with Travis "Hapa" Browne fighting Rob "The Bear" Broughton. “Undefeated heavyweight Browne has verbally agreed to face Broughton, who is on a five-fight win streak," said White. Browne is coming off a KO of the Night victory over Stefan Struve at UFC 130, while Broughton last competed at UFC 120.

Hunt Battles Rothwell at UFC 135
updated June 14
Fresh from his KO of the Night performance against Chris Tuchscherer in February, Mark Hunt returns to the Octagon to face Ben Rothwell at UFC 135 this September.

“Verbal agreements are in for a battle between heavyweights as devastating striker Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt faces the 6’ 4” powerhouse Ben Rothwell on September 24 in Denver, Colorado,” said UFC President Dana White.

Yamamoto vs. Page in Denver
Dana White confirmed today that Damacio Page and 'Kid' Yamamoto have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 135 in September. Expect fireworks - “These are two of the most aggressive sluggers in the always-exciting bantamweight division," said White.

Diego Sanchez to face Hall of Famer Matt Hughes
updated April 28
Welterweight contender Diego Sanchez has never been shy in expressing his desire for a fight with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. This fall, Sanchez will get his wish, as he faces the legendary two-time welterweight champ on a date and at a venue to be announced.

“A matchup between two welterweight fan favorites has been verbally agreed to as Diego “The Dream” Sanchez will face former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes,” said UFC President Dana White. “Sanchez is coming off of a Fight of Night winning performance against Martin Kampmann and Hughes is looking to add another great victory to his incredible UFC career.” 

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