Diego Sanchez is out of his retirement fight against Donald Cerrone on May 8th at UFC On ESPN 24, but the reason for his withdrawal remains under wraps for now.
The news comes after Sanchez was uncharacteristically critical of the UFC in a post on Instagram earlier this week, calling them out for leaving him, his coach Josh Fabia and cornerman Stephan Bonnar behind at the airport in Las Vegas following his last bout on Fight Island.
“UFC left me at Airport,” Sanchez wrote.
“Posting 7 months after to give UFC a chance to amend.. Never happened
After fighting in fight island me and my team @schoolofselfawareness @joshuafabiaknowbody and @stephanbonnar were left at the airport in Vegas on our return.
Never in my 18 years with UFC has this ever happened to anyone let alone a whole team.
Not 1 UFC employee or representative waited or even cared where we are..
@schoolofselfawareness @joshuafabiaknowbody had to call and get the UFC to send us a Uber to arrive at hotel by 1am and just flew from Fight Island.
I was limping due to my left foot being injured.
For this fight with cowboy 🤠 the UFC X-ray my right foot that was never injured.
I am not sure what is going on with this Billion dollar company but clearly there are some issues.
The news that the Sanchez vs. Cerrone co-main event fight isn’t happening is another blow for the UFC On ESPN 24 card following on from the main event also taking a hit when when TJ Dillashaw withdrew from his comeback bout against Cory Sandhagen due to suffering a cut in training.
As things stand the UFC are reportedly looking to move Michelle Waterson vs. Marina Rodriguez to main event status, while they are also believed to be seeking a late replacement opponent to keep Donald Cerrone on the card.