Diego Sanchez says he’s ‘free at last’ from UFC, tags Bellator, ONE, BKFC, more in post

Really little about the news Diego Sanchez ran out his next UFC battle looked like a typical battle withdrawal.

That news came Wednesday when it was exposed Sanchez (30-13 Mixed Martial Arts, 19-13 UFC) ran out his welterweight co-main occasion versus previous colleague Donald Cerrone (36-15-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 23-12-1 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 24 on Might 8.

Thursday, Sanchez published on his Instagram stories that he was “free at last” and tagged Bellator, ONE Champion, BKFC and others – indicating he no longer is with the UFC and is a complimentary representative.

UFC authorities have not formally revealed Sanchez runs out the battle, or if he’s a complimentary representative, and did not right away return a demand from Mixed Martial Arts Addict for remark.

Those who follow Sanchez on social networks, however, might have seen some things developing in between the long time UFC fighter and the promo and president Dana White.

Not long prior to Sanchez ran out the bout, he published an online gripe from October 2020, when he states he and his group were left stranded at the airport in Las Vegas after flying house from his UFC 253 loss to Jake Matthews. Everybody else on the flight back to the States from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi got their flights from the airport, however the Sanchez group, consisting of coach Joshua Fabia, were left.

And Thursday, possibly hinting his evident complimentary firm statement, Sanchez published 2 prolonged videos from UFC 253 revealing Fabia and Sanchez challenging, of all individuals, the UFC’s broadcast team over Sanchez’s treatment on previous broadcasts.

Sanchez, under what lots of have actually presumed is under Fabia’s assistance, has actually grown progressively hostile towards the UFC and his treatment. The 39-year-old began his Mixed Martial Arts profession in 2002 and never ever has actually lost more than 2 straight battles.

He won the very first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at middleweight, then dropped to welterweight, where his wins consisted of one over Nick Diaz. Ultimately, he made his method to light-weight, where he battled B.J. Penn for the title in 2009.

For many years, Sanchez ended up being recognized possibly simply as much for the temperament he displayed through prolonged and odd-to-some open exercise sessions, strolls to the cage that consisted of a “YES! YES!” mantra, and his frequently zen-like mindset in interviews as he was for his never-quit spirit in the cage.

And as soon as he connected with Fabia, the story appeared to move to be as much about his work with the coach as it had to do with his efficiencies in the cage. That raised its head once again Thursday when Sanchez launched videos of Fabia ranting at the UFC 253 broadcast group in Abu Dhabi.

Prior to his loss to Matthews this previous October, Sanchez had a questionable disqualification win over Michel Pereira in front of his house fans in February 2020. He took a prohibited knee in the 3rd round, and it appeared to critics that his choice to not continue in the battle was based upon his understanding that the knee was unlawful and the battle remained in the 3rd round and would be a win for him and not a no contest.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.