The UFC released Diego Sanchez on Thursday night and Dana White blasted his coach, Joshua Fabia for his downfall.
Sanchez was supposed to face Donald Cerrone on May 8. However, it was revealed Sanchez was out of the fight, and shortly after, the promotion decided to release him.
According to Dana White, he says he has a lot of respect for Sanchez but blames his downfall on his coach, Fabia. White also did not hold back when he discussed the “School of Self-Awareness” founder.
“I have an incredible, amazing relationship with Diego, and I like him very much, and I hope he is OK,” White said to 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.”
Diego Sanchez won TUF 1 at middleweight and has been in the UFC since 2005. He lost his last fight to Jake Matthews at UFC 253 in September. His fight against Cerrone was supposed to be his retirement bout but that will no longer be the case. It is unfortunate for Sanchez to be released just days before his retirement, however, White was not a fan of Fabia.