Diego Sanchez recently was cut from UFC for reasons that were initially unknown to all. However, Dana White has revealed the details behind this shocking decision.
According to White, Sanchez’s “batshit crazy” manager, Joshua Fabia had asked for Sanchez’s entire medical history. This created doubts on Sanchez’s fitness and his ability to compete.
UFC officials reached out to Sanchez to confirm if he was fit to compete. But, this discussion did not yield positive results which then led him to be cut loose.
Sanchez has, however, come out with his version of the entire incident.
“The UFC wanted me to state that I am not experiencing any neurological issues and that I have no long-term health side effects from a fighting career of 17 years in the UFC,” Sanchez said in an Instagram Live story.
“And so, basically, my advisors told me, basically, what they’re trying to do is right before you finish your last fight, they’re trying to make sure they have documentation of you saying you never sustained anything.
“So basically, you’re being forced, being bullied into waving your medical rights, possible medical liabilities.”
After his release, UFC did provide him with full payment for his canceled fight against Cerrone. This included both show money and win money, as a parting gift.
Sanchez revealed that the official reason for his release had nothing to do with his medical health.
“The only thing that was in the email was, ‘Due to your last loss in Abu Dhabi vs. Jake Matthews…’ no explanation other than that.” he said.
“And this seems like a lot of bullshit to me because if you ask me, if the problem was my performance in my Jake Matthews fight, why entertain me with the Cowboy fight? Why have a meeting with me, Sean? Why give me my fight papers? Why sign the fight? Why sign the bout? Why sell the fight to ESPN?”
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