Diego Sanchez will return to 170 pounds for the first time since 2012 when he faces Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 120.
Promotion officials announced the pairing on Wednesday evening. UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 11 and is expected to be headlined by a lightweight tilt pitting Dustin Poirier against Anthony Pettis. The card will be televised on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Sanchez last competed at welterweight on UFC on Fuel TV 1 on Feb. 15, 2012, when he lost a unanimous decision to Jake Ellenberger. The 35-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA product has fought at four different weight classes in the UFC, most recently suffering a first-round knockout loss to Al Iaquinta at 155 pounds at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22.
Brown will look to snap a three-bout skid when he faces Sanchez. “The Immortal” last appeared at UFC 206, where he was knocked out by a Donald Cerrone head kick 34 seconds into the third frame. Brown has also been finished by Ellenberger and Demian Maia during his current slump. Brown authored a seven-bout winning streak from February 2012 to May 2014 but has since dropped five of his last six fights within the Las Vegas-based promotion.