Yancy Medeiros asked and then received.
Sources with knowledge of the matchup recently informed MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Bellator 279 takes place Saturday, April 23 at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, as the second leg of a two-event-in-one-weekend showing for the promotion. Bellator 278 takes place the day prior, Friday, April 22 at the same venue. The main cards stream on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.
Medeiros recently lobbied for a chance in Bellator after the promotion announced its 2022 return to Hawaii. Bellator president Scott Coker voiced indecision when asked if a spot was available for the former UFC headliner. However, days later, a deal has been done. Medeiros worked for Coker during their tenures with Strikeforce.
Yet to fight since his UFC departure, Medeiros will look to snap the four-fight skid which led to his promotional exit.
Meanwhile, Sanchez, a two-time Bellator title challenger looks to turn his luck around, too. Currently on a three-fight skid, Sanchez has proved to be a tough out for Patricio Freire, Jeremy Kennedy, and Mads Burnell – the three men who most recently beat him.
With the addition, the Bellator 279 lineup includes:
Champion Sergio Pettis vs. Raufeon Stots – grand prix quarterfinal for bantamweight title
Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe – for women’s featherweight title
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Patchy Mix – grand prix quarterfinal
Justine Kish vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Yancy Medeiros vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
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