Diego Sanchez has parted ways with the UFC. Sanchez, one of the longest-tenured athletes in UFC history, has now left after a mutual agreement between the two parties.
“I have an incredible, amazing relationship with Diego and I like him very much and I hope he is OK,” said Dana White. The UFC President has a close bond with the original Ultimate Fighter contestants. Based on his statement, he’s still got a solid relationship with Diego.
Moreover, White adds, “They never do any good for them.” He feels that Joshua Fabia, Sanchez’s coach, is at fault. Apparently, Fabia was not able to produce assurances regarding Sanchez’s short or long-term health.
Sanchez has been with the UFC for 16 years and fans are hoping that the UFC will set Sanchez up with some kind of retirement plan. Fans feel that the UFC owes it to Sanchez for his loyalty to the promotion over the years.
Notably, Sanchez has always been someone the UFC can rely on. Whilst their relationship has been difficult at times, there’s still a great deal to be said for Sanchez’s longevity. Moreover, Sanchez was reportedly unhappy with the commentary in his recent fights.
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What went Wrong for Diego Sanchez?
Surprisingly, the move to terminate his contract came despite Diego Sanchez winning three of his last five fights. However, his last appearance was a decision loss to Jake Matthews last September at UFC 253.
Even though Dana White is holding his coach Fabia accountable, the decision to leave was Sanchez’s own. Sanchez, 39, feels that the fighting is taking a toll on his health. Considering the circumstances, it seems like ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez’s decision was made for him.
Previously, Sanchez was scheduled to face Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night on May 8, but it is now off. As such, the UFC is actively looking for a replacement to fight Cerrone.
In the past, Sanchez won TUF 1 as a middleweight. Furthermore, he is also a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame for his classic, split-decision win over Clay Guida in June 2009. Hence, it will be interesting to see where Sanchez ends up next.
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