Diego Sanchez’s storied UFC tenure has appear to an conclusion.
Right after additional than 16 years and 32 fights with the advertising, “The Supreme Fighter 1” winner Sanchez has been released from his UFC deal.
MMA Junkie confirmed information Sanchez (30-13 MMA, 19-13 UFC) had been slash from the roster with a UFC formal on Friday.
The formal news will come on the heels of a social media put up from Sanchez on Thursday indicating he’d parted strategies with the advertising. Sanchez stated he was “free at past,” and tagged many other corporations these kinds of as Bellator and Just one Championship.
Sanchez was scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN 24 on May possibly 8, but was eliminated from the contest on Wednesday with no clarification as to why.
Not extended just before Sanchez was out of the bout, he posted an on the internet gripe from Oct 2020, when he suggests he and his team ended up still left stranded at the airport in Las Vegas soon after flying household from his UFC 253 decline to Jake Matthews. Every person else on the flight back to the States from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi bought their rides from the airport, but the Sanchez crew, together with mentor Joshua Fabia, were being left powering.
And Thursday, most likely portending his totally free agency announcement, Sanchez posted two lengthy video clips from UFC 253 showing Fabia and Sanchez confronting, of all folks, the UFC’s broadcast crew in excess of Sanchez’s therapy on past broadcasts.
Sanchez, underneath what lots of have inferred is below Fabia’s advice, has grown ever more hostile towards the UFC and his procedure. The 39-year-old commenced his MMA vocation in 2002 and in no way has shed extra than two straight fights.
He gained the very first time of “The Best Fighter” at middleweight, then dropped to welterweight, in which his wins included one in excess of Nick Diaz. Sooner or later, he manufactured his way to lightweight, where by he fought B.J. Penn for the title in 2009.
Over the several years, Sanchez turned regarded possibly just as a lot for the demeanor he exhibited by means of prolonged and odd-to-some open up exercise session periods, walks to the cage that included a “YES! Certainly!” mantra, and his usually zen-like mentality in interviews as he was for his never ever-stop spirit in the cage.
And at the time he hooked up with Fabia, the storyline appeared to shift to be as a lot about his function with the coach as it was about his performances in the cage. That reared its head all over again Thursday when Sanchez produced films of Fabia ranting at the UFC 253 broadcast crew in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to his loss to Matthews this earlier Oct, Sanchez experienced a controversial disqualification win in excess of Michel Pereira in front of his home admirers in February 2020. He took an unlawful knee in the 3rd round, and it appeared to critics that his selection to not keep on in the struggle was based mostly on his know-how that the knee was illegal and the fight was in the third round and would be a acquire for him and not a no contest.
Sanchez’s UFC run is now more than, but he undoubtedly produced his mark. His break up selection gain around Clay Guida in June 2009 is portion of the UFC Hall of Fame “fight wing,” he has the third most battle time in UFC record (6:37:07), is a person of eight fighters to move in the octagon 30 or a lot more occasions, and is rated in the prime 10 for most victories in corporation record.