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Sealed with a kiss: Craig White is set for a Texas tear-up with Diego Sanchez at UFC 228

British welterweight’s weigh-in antics may have guaranteed him the all-action fight he wants at UFC 228

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British welterweight Craig White is primed and ready to show his full martial arts skillset at UFC 228 in Dallas.

White e faces American Diego Sanchez, a UFC legend who was the first man to ever win The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s hugely successful tournament-based reality TV show.

Sanchez is known for his highly-emotional, at-times hot-headed approach to his bouts, and the laid-back White, who spoke earlier in the week of wanting to have an all-action bout with Sanchez, had a special tactic in mind to ensure he would find himself in a back-and-forth battle with the 38-fight veteran.

As Sanchez and White came face to face for the final time at the UFC 228 ceremonial weigh-ins, White shocked Sanchez by planting a kiss on the American veteran’s nose.

It prompted an angry response from “The Nightmare”, and all but guaranteed he’d be facing a fired-up Sanchez on Saturday night.

White, who goes by the moniker “Thundercat”, lost his UFC debut by stoppage after stepping in on short notice to face ranked welterweight Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night in Liverpool earlier this summer.

Saturday night’s fight will be White’s first in the UFC with a full training camp as he looks to score his maiden win inside the world-famous octagon.

The six-foot-two welterweight is a former Cage Warriors mainstay who has claimed each of his 14 career wins by stoppage: nine by submission and five by KO/TKO.

And lined up against Sanchez, who has been stopped in the first round in three of his last four outings, White will no doubt fancy his chances of securing his first-ever UFC victory.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Olympic Games, UFC world title fights, The Grand National and The FA Cup Final.

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