Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger Slated for Feb. 15 Headliner on Fuel TV

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 29:  Jake Ellenberger white trunks black lettering of Team Quest fights against Pat Healy white trunks of Lion's Den during their welterweight bout at The Orleans Arena on February 29, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Joshua CareySenior Analyst INovember 29, 2011

Welterweight contenders Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger will face off on Fuel TV in the first quarter of 2012.

MMAjunkie.com confirmed today the news of the fight, which takes place in Omaha, Nebraska.

The to-be-announced event is expected to take place on February 15 from Omaha's CenturyLink Center.

Sanchez (23-4) returns to the Octagon for the first time since a March decision victory against Martin Kampmann.

With the win, Sanchez earned a second consecutive victory that placed him back in the upper echelon at welterweight.

A fall matchup with Matt Hughes at UFC 136 was scratched due to an unfortunate injury sustained to Sanchez during training.

Ellenberger (26-5) is currently on a five-fight win streak with back-to-back knockout victories over Jake Shields and Sean Pierson in 2011.

The headlining bout takes place in Ellenberger's hometown, where he'll certainly be looking to earn another victory and work his way towards a shot at championship gold.

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