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7/4/13 9:28 PM
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In an intriguing lightweight matchup, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) meets "The Ultimate Fighter 1" winner Diego Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) at October's UFC 166 event in Houston.

UFC officials today announced the booking while also confirming a previously reported matchup of Hector Lombard (32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Nate Marquardt (32-12-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC).

Featuring a heavyweight trilogy fight between current champ Cain Velasquez and former titleholder Junior dos Santos, UFC 166 takes place Oct. 19 at Houston's Toyota Center. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.

Both fights are likely main-card candidates, but UFC officials have yet to reveal their position on the lineup.

Melendez returns to the octagon after suffering a split-decision loss to Benson Henderson in a failed bid for the UFC lightweight title. The 11-year veteran has long been considered one of the best 155-pounders in the world, and the narrow loss was his first defeat in almost five years.

Meanwhile, Sanchez looks to build on the strength of a split-decision win over MMA legend Takanori Gomi at March's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in Japan. For that fight, Sanchez dropped to lightweight after a four-fight run at 170 pounds, but he failed to make weight after registering 158 pounds. Still, the win pushed him to 3-1 in his past four fights.

Since his reign in Bellator as the organization's middleweight champion, Lombard has experienced mixed results in the UFC. The Cuban-Australian and Olympic judoko is just 1-2 in the octagon with split-decision losses to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami, and a first-round knockout of Rousimar Palhares. Prior to joining the UFC, the 35-year-old has posted a 25-fight unbeaten streak. Lombard, who's ranked No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings, now heads to welterweight.

He meets Marquardt, a former Strikeforce champion who returned to the UFC in March. However, Marquardt, who also unsuccessfully vied for the UFC middleweight title in 2007, suffered a knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158. It marked the first back-to-back losses of his career, which included a Strikeforce title loss to Tarec Saffiedine in January.

With the additions to the card, UFC 166 now includes:

Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos - for heavyweight title
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

7/4/13 9:30 PM
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3 great fights so far on this card! Thank you for reporting it.

7/4/13 9:32 PM
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stupid f-ing fight.

7/4/13 9:35 PM
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UFC 166 shaping up nicely. Now we just need a really good co-main.
7/4/13 9:42 PM
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I'm ready for tickets to go on sale.. Planning to spend some money on tickets Phone Post 3.0
7/4/13 9:48 PM
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Sanchez has nothing for Gilbert. He won't get a takedown, and he will get lit up on the feet. Sure win for Melendez even if it goes the distance, which it probably will just because Diego is durable as hell. Phone Post 3.0
7/4/13 9:59 PM
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Oooohh I like it Phone Post 3.0
7/4/13 10:01 PM
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Awesome fight if Diego wins it shows he's still an elite fighter and if Gilbert wins hes right back up there for a title fight. Phone Post
7/4/13 10:07 PM
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Hell yeah!!!


This is going to be a fucking war. Phone Post 3.0
7/4/13 10:30 PM
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Good fight, should be entertaining.  I would have rather gone gilbert/Healy since Healy will be off suspension by then, the SF LW title fight we didnt get to see.

So if no Pettis/Gilbert I dont think a fight with Diego is bad, it should be a good scrap.

Card is looking good so far, Rockhold says he wants on the card, maybe Luke/Belcher? 

7/4/13 10:31 PM
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7/4/13 10:35 PM
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Awesome fight!
7/4/13 10:53 PM
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nice to see the #1 LW contender getting a non-ranked fighter....

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7/4/13 11:01 PM
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At least the fight will be exciting. I'm gonna go with Melendez by decision.

Also - I thought Gilbert could have very well won his last fight (I could see it going either way), but I definitely think Diego lost against Gomi.

7/4/13 11:31 PM
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Diego Sanchez gonna get molested!
7/5/13 12:27 AM
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Well can we assume this is the opening fight to the main card. Good way to get the vibes right for the main card fighters. Phone Post 3.0
7/5/13 12:28 AM
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like

7/5/13 12:29 AM
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this fight is just as pointless and stupid as Glover vs Bader

7/5/13 3:38 AM
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this fight is just as pointless and stupid as Glover vs Bader


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7/5/13 4:15 AM
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Dr Doom - Gil is going to beat the absolute piss out of him.

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7/5/13 4:19 AM
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good fight but Id rather see melendez vs maynard and diego vs josh thompson.

7/5/13 6:07 AM
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Nice little gift for Melendez after a title fight
7/5/13 7:22 AM
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circa305 - Good matchup but Gilbert is gonna make Diego his bitch.

Wouldn't that make it a bad matchup then?
7/5/13 8:19 AM
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I don't think it's a bad match up.. Gil needs a guy who is fast pace and will take a beating at the same time..

Have to get him ready to get back to a title fight..

I was thinking Gil vs Healy Phone Post 3.0
7/5/13 8:31 AM
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YES!!

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