BREAKING: Diego Sanchez Parts Ways with Controversial Coach and Manager Joshua Fabia

Published 05/21/2021, 1:57 AM EDT
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – FEBRUARY 14: Diego Sanchez poses on the scale during the official UFC weigh-in at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North on February 14, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez has parted ways with his wellness guru and coach, Joshua Fabia. Sanchez explained he would expand on the separation in due course once he had a chance to collect his thoughts. He’s been associated with Fabia since 2019, and the two have certainly captured the headlines quite frequently.

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The news has come as somewhat of a relief to most fans, especially considering how things have been unfolding. However, per MMA Fighting, Sanchez’s attorney, Charles Lakins confirmed that they made the decision for a separation on Thursday. Additionally, he also revealed that they have terminated any power of attorney that Fabia held.

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Diego Sanchez and Joshua Fabia: The path not taken

Sanchez has been at the end of much publicity because of his relationship with Fabia that stormed the headlines. In fact, the entire MMA community collectively spoke out against the obvious influence that Joshua Fabia was exercising over Sanchez. Fabia played a role in creating a divide between the UFC and Sanchez, thus ensuring that the Hall of Famer was denied his retirement fight.

Apart from his rather outlandish training regimes that fans disregarded, things got serious recently. Sanchez was supposed to fight ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC Vegas 26, however, Fabia’s intervention prevented that from happening. In a recorded call to UFC brass, he shared concerns over Sanchez’s health, and then there was a refusal to comply with requests to review Sanchez’s medical history.

The UFC didn’t feel comfortable going ahead with the proceeding and terminated Diego Sanchez’s contract. What’s more, in the wake of the cancelation, both men claimed that the UFC was out to assassinate them. The MMA community was largely of the belief that Fabia spurred these claims.

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Joshua Fabia has refused a request to comment on the matter and his stance on the separation remains unclear. However, Diego Sanchez has gone on record saying that he would remain loyal to his now-former coach and guru.

What do you make of the latest development about the same?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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