UFC: Joshua Fabia says Diego Sanchez was forced to throw a fight

Jul 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Diego Sanchez (red gloves) fights against Michael Chiesa (blue gloves) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought we were done with this whole UFC situation with Diego Sanchez (30-13) and Joshua Fabia. Today, we learned of another wrinkle in story that continues to gain more and more legs as the days go on.

Let’s start at the beginning. Several weeks ago now, it was announced that Diego Sanchez was out of his UFC Vegas 26 fight against Donald Cerrone. The reasons were not very clear at the time as to why Sanchez was pulled from the fight.

Following that news, Diego Sanchez started posting videos on his Instagram of interactions with UFC staff. First, Sanchez leaked a commentators meeting that took place back on Fight Island when the commentators were confronted by his coach Joshua Fabia.

Following that, Sanchez and Fabia released audio of Fabia’s call with UFC lawyer Hunter Campbell. After all of this, the UFC released the original Ultimate Fighter winner and paid him his show and win money for his final fight.

Throughout this whole ordeal, fellow fighters have begged Sanchez to separate himself from Joshua Fabia. Well, the UFC veteran announced in the last few days that he had cut ties with Fabia completely.

However, you had to know that we’d hear from Fabia. Fabia appeared on Behind The Scene with Summer Helene today where he revealed some incredible stuff including the fact that he says Diego Sanchez was forced to throw his UFC 239 matchup against Michael Chiesa.

Was Sanchez forced to throw his fight at UFC 239?

Fabia said of UFC 239, “So, this moment happens where the Nevada State Athletic Commission comes in and leans on Diego, and he has to throw a f*cking fight. I have them recorded. You go watch the fight, and it’s the only fight in Diego Sanchez’s history that he never threw a punch.”

“The way that they did it, is in the lean, which is in talking to somebody and dangling their license and explaining, ‘Are you really trying to hurt this man? You’re not trying to hurt him, are you Diego? You’re a sportsman, Diego. You’ve always been a good guy, Diego.”

Of course, Sanchez lost a lopsided decision to Michael Chiesa that night. I don’t believe for a second that the Athletic Commission asked Sanchez to throw his fight at UFC 239. I do on the other hand believe that Joshua Fabia is a complete hack.

Later in the interview, Fabia said that he believes that Sanchez took advantage of him during their professional relationship. Listen, if anyone was taken advantage of, it was Diego Sanchez. I’m sure we will learn more about this story, but this was remarkable.

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