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Get excited: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Diego Sanchez and others making UFC return soon

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I’ll be the first to admit that this article is another cog in the UFC hype machine. But damn it, sometimes the hype is real.

Here are 10 fighters who will be making their long-awaited return to the Octagon after a prolonged absence:

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Last fought: April 19, 2014
Returns: Dec. 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale

Is there any fighter more deserving of the monicker the “uncrowned champion” than this guy? With a record of 22-0, the Dagestani Combat Sambo Master has beaten all comers including a ragdolling of current lightweight champion Raphael dos Anjos. Here’s a non-UFC fan video to get you really amped up:

2. Diego Sanchez

Last fought: June 7, 2014
Returns: Nov. 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Brown vs. Gastelum

There are plenty of extra miles on the body of Diego Sanchez and even his most ardent fans will admit that there’s probably not much gas left in the tank. But the fact is that Sanchez brings it unlike any other fighter past or present in UFC. He might be overmatched against top featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas but you can expect a war when Sanchez makes his featherweight debut ….View original article