UFC Hall of Fame member Diego Sanchez no longer works with Joshua Fabia as a manager, trainer and guru, he told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Sanchez declined to comment further on the situation, saying he would make a statement next week and need to put his thoughts together before speaking to the media.
Sanchez’s attorney, Charles Lakins, said the decision to leave Fabia was made on Thursday. He added that Sanchez had withdrawn his business ties with the coach.
“All of Fabia’s power of attorney has been canceled / terminated,” Lakins said.
Fabia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sanchez started working professionally with Fabia in 2019 before his fight with Mickey Gall at UFC 235. His relationship with the self-proclaimed healer and owner of the Self-Awareness School has been the subject of much controversy in the MMA community. as fans and fighters have expressed concern. on the degree of control of the coach and the manager over his career.
Fabia has clashed several times with UFC executives and employees at UFC events Sanchez has attended. In preparation for a UFC Vegas 26 fight with Donald Cerrone which he and Sanchez billed as a retirement fight, Fabia raised red flags with executives after asking for all of Sanchez’s medical documents from his career as a over ten years in the UFC.
In a call Fabia secretly recorded with executives Sean Shelby and Hunter Campbell, Campbell expressed concern over Sanchez’s well-being and said he would demand the fighter to certify that he was not suffering from any short or long term medical problem.
When Sanchez refused via Lakins to certify that he did not suffer from any problems, including those related to his brain health, he was taken out of combat and released from his contract.
Fabia and Sanchez fought multiple times in the UFC following the fight’s cancellation. But Sanchez then re-established contact with the promotion, he has previously told MMA Fighting and agreed to participate in the study on the brain health of professional athletes, funded in part by the promotion. He also said he will stay loyal to Fabia as the coach and manager have done a lot of good things for him during their relationship.