Former UFC lightweight championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight tournament victor, Diego Sanchez has claimed that he’s fearful for his life after speaking out about the UFC after his release from the promotion last weekend following a sixteen-year stint under the organization’s banner.
The Albuquerque native was scheduled to take co-main event honours this weekend at UFC Vegas 26 in a proposed retirement fight against former Jackson-Wink MMA teammate, Donald Cerrone, however, he was pulled from the card in the early stages of last week.
Posting on his official Instagram a slew of videos detailing interactions between himself, his coach, trainer, and manager, Joshua Fabia and the UFC broadcast team as well as the promotion’s lawyer and Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell, Sanchez claimed he was “free at last” from the UFC, appearing to offer his services to Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, and Brave CF.
Leaking the phone call conversation with the aforenoted, Campbell, the promotion’s official expressed his concern for Sanchez’s health after Fabia had requested the New Mexico native’s entire medical history during his time with the UFC.
Requesting that Fabia and Sanchez’s attorney could confirm whether or not the veteran was suffering from neurological issues, whether short-term or long-term due to the effects of fighting, Sanchez was released from the promotion after neither of his representatives followed through with the request.
Speaking with RJ Clifford and UFC light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith on an emotional episode of MMA Today on SiriusXM — Sanchez explained that he was fearing for his life, and how he believes the UFC may come after him for speaking out since his release.
“I’m going to tell you guys frankly right now, I’m fearful for my motherf*cking life,” Sanchez said. “I’m fearful that this company (the UFC), this billion-dollar company monopoly, worldwide, is going to come after me. Something might happen to me in two years. Maybe in a couple years. Maybe I wreck my truck. Maybe I, ‘Oh, Diego overdosed, some suicide sh*t.’ I don’t know. But I would not put anything past the level of evil that is within this corporation.“
Emotionally, Sanchez claimed that he had tried for two years to hold a personal meeting with UFC president, Dana White, which ultimately failed to come to fruition.
“All you people don’t get it,” Sanchez said. “And I’m going to say this, Dana (White), what’s up Dana? I tried for two years to get a meeting with you. Oh, sh*t, I was the the first Ultimate Fighter. Didn’t that show do something for the company when it was $60 million in debt. … And you can’t meet with your boy?… I’ve put sixty, seventy hours in the UFC PI (Performance Institute) just to try to get a meeting with you Dana, but you won’t meet with me, because you won’t hear what I have to say? You don’t want to talk with my batsh*t crazy manager? Why, because he might bring some awareness to what you’re hiding in the dark?“
“I’m still open to meet with you Dana,” Sanchez said. “Be a f*cking man. Be a real f*cking boss, when I’ve bled, I’ve sweat, I’ve f*cking cried for this f*cking company. I’ve sacrificed more than you will ever know, and you can’t have forty-five minutes?” (H/T MMA Fighting)
Releasing a statement last week following Sanchez’s removal from the bout with Cerrone and his release from the UFC, White explained that he was fearful for Sanchez’s wellbeing, claiming that his “batsh*t nuts” associate, Fabia was controlling him.
“I have an incredible, amazing relationship with Diego (Sanchez) and I like him very much and I hope he is OK,” White said. “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,” White explained. “You saw the video of him chasing guys in the Octagon with a knife. How (expletive) 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 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.“
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