Diego Sanchez appears to have commented on reports that he has ended his professional relationship with his trainer and controversial guru Joshua Fabia.
Fabia and Sanchez’s relationship was highly scrutinised in recent months after Fabia — who has no mixed martial arts experience to speak of — became increasingly entangled with UFC Hall of Famer Sanchez. A video surreptitiously filmed by Fabia’s team showed he and Sanchez embroiled in an argument with the UFC commentary team, including Jon Anik and Paul Felder, in advance of Sanchez’s fight with Jake Matthews, in which Fabia alleged that the UFC had undertaken a campaign to minimise Sanchez’s achievements in the sport.
Sanchez was subsequently released from the UFC days out from a bout with Donald Cerrone after the promotion were dissatisfied with his responses to queries about his physical and mental wellbeing.
Further scrutiny then came when an incredible video from one of their training sessions was released which showed Sanchez suspended upside down while Fabia punched and kicked him to the head and body.
It was reported late Thursday that Sanchez had dropped Fabia as his coach (but that he would remain loyal to him as a friend).
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“Any power of attorney that Fabia had has been rescinded/terminated,” said Sanchez’s lawyer Charles Lakins, and writing online Sanchez appeared to note that that he has done some serious soul-searching in recent days.
“Sometimes you have to look hard in the mirror to see yourself clearly. I had a lot of hard truths I have had to look at,” he wrote.