The story of Diego Sanches and Joshua Fabia is one of the strangest and sometimes fairy tales we’ve seen in MMA in the last few months.
For a while, the UFC veteran’s loyalty to the group behind the School of Self-Awareness seemed like iron. Fabia, who appeared in Sanchez’s corner a few years ago and later became Sanchez’s head coach and apparently spiritual advisor, recently lost his place in the UFC to Sanchez and fought Albuquerque fight scene legend Donald Cerrone.
Sanchez’s breakup from the UFC, in which he is the longest-serving fighter, came after a video surfaced showing Fabia having a bizarre clash with members of the UFC media team.
Fabia then attacked the UFC and Dana White with a series of bizarre and slanderous statements. After his release, Sanchez also made bizarre remarks about the UFC, including fearing that promotion would kill him.
After another video was released showing Fabia treating Sanchez like a fist bag, negative thoughts about Fabia peaked.
Shortly after this video appeared, Sanchez announced that he and Fabia were going their separate ways. Fabia then began to deny the charges against Sanchez.
Since then, Sanchez has remained silent on the issue. But recently, he announced things that aren’t as subtle as those who would lend any coach or team credit for their success in the cage.
I have created my own name, my own skill set, my own heritage, and I am finishing my fighting career with confidence! Not a coach team, but a blessing from God! #boxing
– Diego Sanches UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) June 10, 2021
“I have created my name, my skill set, my heritage, and I will complete my combat career based on self-confidence!” he wrote. “It’s not the coach, it’s the team, but God’s blessing!”
Interestingly, Sanches ended the post with #boxing. This is an indication that Sanches is trying to cash in on the latest trend that MMA fighters have seen changing their gloves in search of new challenges and big working days (see Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva).
Sanches, a member of the UFC Hall of Fame, is credited with winning the show Ultimate Fighter 1, joined the promotional track in 2005 and once competed in the UFC lightweight division.
He has fought 32 times for the UFC and has been 3-3 in his last six fights. Sanchez’s last fight was a decision to lose to Jake Matthews in UFC 253 last September.