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Diego Sanchez returns at UFC 253 to fight Jake Matthews; two other matchups booked

The UFC 253 lineup appears to be nearly complete.

On Tuesday, the promotion announced three more fights, including a welterweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Jake Matthews, a featherweight fight between Brad Riddell and Alex Da Silva, and a lightweight bout between Nate Landwehr and Shane Young.

The Landwehr (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Young (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) booking was first reported by Cageside Press.

The lone member of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Season 1 still competing in the UFC, Sanchez (30-12 MMA, 19-12 UFC) has won three of his last four fights. He most recently competed in February, winning via disqualification due to an illegal knee landed by opponent Michel Perreira.

Matthews (16-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has won five of his last six fights. He’s riding back-to-back wins over Rostem Akman and Emil Meek. His only loss since November 2016 came against Anthony Rocco Martin.

When Riddell (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on da Silva (21-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), he will join City Kickboxing teammates Israel Adesanya and Shane Young on the card.

With the addition, the UFC 253 lineup includes:

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa – UFC middleweight title
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
  • Claudia Gadelha vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
  • Heili Alateng vs. Casey Kenney
  • David Dvorak vs. Jordan Espinosa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
  • Nate Landwehr vs. Shane Young

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Original Article posted mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/08/ufc-253-diego-sanchez-vs-jake-matthews-two-other-fights-booked/ by Nolan King

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