Sanchez told FanHouse at the UFC Fan Expo over the weekend in Las Vegas that he will take on the winner of the BJ Penn-Kenny Florian title fight happening on Aug. 8 in Philadelphia.
"This comes from Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana [White]," Sanchez said. "They're flying me out to Philadelphia. I'll be sitting there ringside. I'll probably be in the ring afterward. It's on."
It is typical for the UFC to bring the next challenger inside the Octagon after a championship fight to stir up drama for the champ's next fight. Perfect for a future pre-fight package, a recent confrontation was when Rashad Evans engaged in trash talk with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson after Jackson's win over Evans' teammate Keith Jardine at UFC 96.
Sanchez (21-2) is unbeaten as a lightweight with wins this year over Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida.