Former UFC welterweight and The Ultimate Fighter 1 Winner Diego Sanchez fears his 16-year-old promoter will have him killed for speaking out against his business practices.
In a moving interview Tuesday with MMA Today on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation, Sanchez accused the UFC of conspiring against him and his longtime trainer Josh Fabia, speaking almost continuously for more than 40 minutes until hosts RJ Clifford and Anthony Smith be forced to end the segment. .
“I’ll tell you frankly right now, I’m scared for my motherf * cking life,” Sanchez said. “I’m afraid this company, this billion dollar corporate monopoly, around the world, will come after me. Something could happen to me in two years. Maybe in a few years. Maybe I destroy my truck. Maybe I, ‘Oh, Diego overdosed, suicide shit.’ I do not know. But I wouldn’t put anything beyond the level of evil that is within this company.
Sanchez said the UFC is controlled by a “Wizard of Oz” who controls the media narratives surrounding the promotion and manipulates social media through bots and fake Instagram followers. In the case of him and Fabia, he claimed, the promotion would only allow negative comments and block positive comments.
By exposing this, Sanchez said, he was in danger.
“If I had to lay out some of the things I know, because I’ve been in this motherf * cker longer than anyone, and I’m the only one who survived the bitch, who went through the dark tunnel and got out on the other side.
Sanchez, 39, was released from his contract by the UFC a week ago after refusing through his lawyer to certify that he had no short- or long-term medical problems, in especially with regard to his neurological health. The release came weeks after a confrontation between Fabia and UFC leader Hunter Campbell, who expressed concerns about Sanchez’s health after Fabia requested all of his medical records from his UFC career.
Sanchez, who was scheduled to appear at UFC Vegas 26 in a retired fight against former teammate Donald Cerrone, said he didn’t believe Campbell was concerned about his health and cited the former’s story. UFC lightweight Spencer Fisher, who has gone public with his struggles. with a head trauma after the promotion stopped responding to their requests for assistance.
Part of Sanchez’s training camp, he said, consisted of a weeklong stay with the Fisher family to “serve him and help his family.” He also planned to have Fisher corner him for the fight against Cerrone.
“To give this man a moment because he’s never had a closing moment, and now he’s struggling with dementia,” Sanchez said. “I was going to do it for him out of love for him, out of love for the other fighters. And that’s all me and Joshua did. We fought for the fighters. Now my fight is with the UFC.
Smith and Clifford tried to reason with Sanchez, arguing that much of the controversy surrounding him was due to the behavior of his coach, which was shown on camera in front of UFC commentators on how Sanchez was described as a fighter during combat.
“If everything went perfectly, what was the end goal there?” Smith said of the confrontation. “Because what I saw was a sad and hurt Diego, what they saw, I think. Like, oh shit, I guess we didn’t know how it was with Diego. But I guess on the other hand, they felt attacked. They went from being a, maybe we hurt Diego’s feelings, to Joshua attacking them a little bit, and that sadness or that attention turned into, well fuck you, because now you come to me.
Sanchez also revealed that he and Fabia have recorded every interaction with the UFC over the past two years in an attempt to build “insurance” in case their reputations are slandered.
Now, he said, he and his trainer were fighting.
“You don’t all understand,” Sanchez said. “And I’m going to say this. Dana, what’s up Dana? I tried for two years to meet you. Oh, shit, I was the first Ultimate Fighter. Didn’t this show do something for the company when it was in debt of $ 60 million? … And you can’t meet your boy? … I took 60, 70 hours in UFC PI just to try to meet you Dana, but you won’t meet me, because you won’t hear what I have to say? Don’t you want to talk to my crazy batsh * t manager? Why, because it might raise awareness of what you are hiding in the dark?
“I am always ready to meet you Dana. Be a terrible man. Be a real fucking boss, when I bled, I sweated, I cried for that fucking company. I sacrificed more than you will ever know, and you can’t have 45 minutes? “
Check out the full interview below.