Diego Sanchez heads home to meet Ross Pearson on UFC Fight Night card

Esther Lin

In his quest to prove he still has something left, Diego Sanchez is going home.

The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner will fight in his hometown of Albuquerque on June 7, where he will meet Ross Pearson in a lightweight fight at a UFC Fight Night card at the Tingley Coliseum. The Albuquerque Journal broke the news Friday.

The popular Sanchez (24-7) has dropped two straight fights and three of his past four. The Jackson's MMA fighter looked sluggish in a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Myles Jury at UFC 171, then made headlines afterwards by blaming his loss on food poisoning.

Pearson (15-6), meanwhile, was last seen in an odd no-contest against Melvin Guillard in Britain in October. Person and Guillard were expected to rematch last month, but a knee injury forced Pearson out of the bout, as Michael Johnson took the spot and defeated Guillard.

Sanchez, a seven-time UFC postfight bonus winner, is the third Jackson's fighter announced for the New Mexico card. Rustam Khabilov meets Ben Henderson in the main event; and John Dodson will take on John Moraga in a battle of former flyweight title challengers.

The bout will mark Sanchez's first in his hometown since a 2004 King of the Cage win over Ray Elbe.

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