UFC boss Dana White has unleashed a brutal tirade at the oddball coach of popular veteran fighter Diego Sanchez.
Sanchez (30-13 MMA, 19-13 UFC) was this week officially released by the UFC, after his team reportedly failed to confirm he had no medical issues ahead of next weekend’s (now-cancelled) bout against former teammate Donald Cerrone.
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Sanchez reacted by posting “Free at last. Free at last” on social media – a sign of just how toxic the relationship between his camp and the UFC had become.
Now White has reacted with a bitter rant at 39-year-old Sanchez’s notorious coach Joshua Fabia.
“I have an incredible, amazing relationship with Diego, and I like him very much, and I hope he is OK,” White told Yahoo Sports. “One of the sad things that happens, not just in fighting but in sports, and I want you to quote me on this, are these creepy weirdos who come from God knows where and leech onto fighters or athletes. They never do any good for them.
“Somehow, this creep got into Diego’s life and has been controlling him. You saw the video of him chasing guys in the octagon with a knife. How f*cking nuts is that? He goes to the commission and tells them that he’s taught Diego this death touch. It goes on and on with this guy. He goes into the (fighter-broadcaster) production meeting and tells the commentators what they should be saying? The guy is batsh*t nuts. He worked his way into Diego’s life and has gotten control over him. I just want the best for Diego.”
Fabia, founder of the so-called ‘School of Self-Awareness”, has become infamous for his bizarre antics.
Besides chasing his fighters with a knife inside the octagon, he once reportedly told a member of the Nevada Athletic Commission that he’d taught Sanchez a choke that could kill an opponent. Luckily, Sanchez didn’t attempt any unusual holds in that 2019 fight against Michael Chiesa, which Chiesa won by unanimous decision.
Then there was a video shared by Sanchez this week that showed Fabia crashing a UFC production meeting with broadcasters Jon Anik, Paul Felder and Megan Olivi. Fabia was seen berating broadcasters for ‘millions’ of public criticisms about him on social media – though of course, the UFC doesn’t control what fans say on Twitter.
“That’s just completely nuts to do that,” White said of Fabia’s comments to the broadcast unit.
Sanchez’s last bout was a loss to Jake Matthews at UFC 253 on Sept. 27, 2020. His ‘free at last’ social media post also tagged a number of rival organisations, so perhaps the veteran isn’t done yet.