UFCjunkie.com Update: Diego Sanchez vs. Hayato Sakurai at UFC 74
Posted by UFC Junkie on June 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm ET
Hayato SakuraiA rumored bout between The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Hayato Sakurai (30-7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) that we first reported yesterday appears legitimate.
UFCjunkie.com recently spoke to a representative KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. The TV station recently ran a story about Sanchez and the bout. The station rep confirmed to UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com
) that the news of the fight came directly from Sanchez, who will fight at the UFC 74 event.
Obviously, thatís about as reliable a source as one could get (aside from an official UFC announcement). However, back in April, UFCjunkie.com spoke to a sports reporter from KOAT TV in New Mexico who stated that UFC 74 would take place in Albuquerque. The reporter stated that the news also came from Sanchez. (UFC 74, of course, is taking place in Las Vegas.)