Several months after Diego Sanchez split from his controversial ‘life guru’ coach Joshua Fabia, the star has admitted that his former mentor had been hatching a plan to try to get the UFC to agree to a ‘major settlement.’
“(Fabia was) working his ass off to do whatever was best for his intentions… not what was best for Diego Sanchez,” Sanchez said on instagram Live. “I believe my mentor was guiding me for what was best for him. And what was best for him was to try and figure out a way to get a settlement with the UFC.
“He knew that if there was a major settlement with the UFC that I was going to hook him up with half, because it was him, it was all his idea, all his plan. He was masterminding everything. I made the mistake,” he said.
“I can’t go too much into that. I will get into it sometime, but it ain’t gonna be free and it ain’t gonna be on Instagram, and it’s going to be with a professional that understands mental manipulation.”
Remarkably, even though most people’s initial beef with Fabia was down to the fact that he appeared to be a terrible MMA coach who clearly made Sanchez a worse fighter than he was previously, ‘The Nightmare’ is actually still defending his ex-mentor’s coaching techniques as he prepares to make his return to fighting in the bareknuckle boxing promotion BKFC.
“People can talk shit about Fabia all day, but man. That f—r was a badass trainer, and I learned a lot from him. And people gonna see what I learned when I step into that BKFC because everything that we did for the last two years was no gloves. You saw the viral video of me upside down, getting hit. I wasn’t hurt, by the way.
“It’s all good, man. I’m where I need to be now. I got good people around me. The only thing that is my mentor, the only thing that is my guide is the holy spirit.”
The 39-year-old Sanchez also swatted aside concerns that a move to bareknuckle boxing could be bad for Sanchez, who has already taken an enormous amount of damage over the years.
“As far as BKFC having more damage than UFC? That’s some bullshit. The kicks are like a baseball bat, you’ve got elbows, you got slams. You get slammed on your neck in MMA. You got a lot more hip injuries, knee injuries, everything. Back injuries.
“There’s not more trauma, there’s not more danger. There are some guys in bare knuckle that, right now at this time, they haven’t evolved. And the only thing they know how to do is brawl and come forward. But, like I said, I’m very excited to expand and bring what I have to bring to the table.”