After a unanimous decision defeat to surging undefeated lightweight prospect Myles Jury at UFC 171, The Ultimate Fighter season one middleweight winner and former UFC lightweight title contender Diego “The Dream” Sanchez will take a quick turnaround for his next UFC contest. UFC officials confirmed that Sanchez will combat TUF 9 lightweight winner Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 43, live from Tingley Colliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. on June 7.

Pearson comes into this bout on the heels of a a no-contest against Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 30 last year. Prior to the no-contest, “The Real Deal” scored two emphatic back-to-back wins over Ryan Couture and George Sotiropoulos. Pearson planned to rematch Guillard at UFC Fight Night 37 earlier this month, but he withdrew from the planned co-headliner due to injury.

Pearson faces a ferocious challenge in the form of the man now known as “The Dream”. Prior to his loss to Jury, Sanchez suffered unanimous decision defeats to Gilbert Melendez and Jake Ellenberger, with a win over Takanori Gomi sandwiched in between the defeats.

For Sanchez, the bout with Pearson holds personal significance. The bout marks the first time that Sanchez has fought in his hometown since 2004, when a then-undefeated Sanchez fought and defeated Ray Elbe at King of The Cage 36 in Albuquerque. Couple it in with Sanchez’s history of never having gone on longer than a two-fight losing streak, and the emotion may reach an all-time high for “The Dream” when he faces Pearson this summer in his home state of New Mexico.

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.