“Something Could Happen to Me”- When Diego Sanchez Was Scared for His Life From UFC

Published 03/07/2022, 10:32 AM EST

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MMA fighter Diego Sanchez, who made his UFC debut in 2005, had been with the UFC for a very long time. His last UFC fight was against Jake Matthews at UFC 253 in 2020. However, in 2021, the news broke out that his contract was terminated.

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Sanchez had a fight scheduled against Donald Cerrone in May 2021, which was called off. As per Dana White, the fighter’s head coach, Joshua Fabia had requested the promotion for all the medical documents throughout Sanchez’s long career with the UFC in order to process his medicals for the Cerrone bout.

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The UFC President had asked Sanchez and Fabia for assurance that the fighter had no long-term or short-term health risks. But an attorney informed the promotion on Sanchez’s behalf that the fighter cannot give reassurance for the same. As reported by ESPN, this situation led to the contract being terminated.

According to an article published by ‘Marca‘, Sanchez was scared for his life. He said, “I’m scared that this multi-billion-dollar corporate monopoly is coming for me. “Something could happen to me in two years, maybe they’ll do something to my car, or maybe it will be ‘Diego had an overdose or committed suicide, I don’t know.”

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The article also detailed that the fighter’s advisors told him the promotion was trying to make him give up his medical rights. Perhaps owing to all these, the UFC decided that it was time to let Sanchez go.

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Diego Sanchez has signed with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC

Though he had a long and eventful MMA career, it seems like he does not want to stop just yet. The 40-year-old fighter has joined Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion, Eagle FC. The young promotion has signed a few fighters who used to fight at the UFC, and ‘The Nightmare’ is one of them.

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In fact, he even has an upcoming fight on March 11 against Kevin Lee. ‘The Motown Phenom’ was cut off from the UFC and found his way to Eagle FC. So seeing them both fight will surely be interesting. However, there are fans who are still worried about Sanchez having brain damage. Do you think Diego Sanchez should continue fighting?

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.
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