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Diego Sanchez withdraws from bout

Updated: September 5, 2011, 5:26 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

A broken hand has forced UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez to withdraw from a high-profile fight against Matt Hughes later this month.

The bout had been scheduled as the co-main event at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver.

UFC president Dana White announced the news via Twitter Monday.

"Diego Sanchez broke his hand," wrote White. "Looking for a replacement for Hughes."

Hughes (45-8) now awaits a new opponent. The 37-year-old hasn't fought since last November, when he suffered ...

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