Kevin Lee – Diego Sanchez booked for Eagle FC event

Kevin Lee (18-7) made headlines when he signed with Eagle FC after his release from the UFC. The former UFC title challenger was introduced by the promotion that’s ran by former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Lee is going to be paid in Bitcoin and he is making his Eagle FC debut on March 11th. He’s going to be competing in the new 165 pound division that Eagle FC is putting forward. It was a mystery who Lee would be facing in his debut with the promotion.

We now know that Lee will be taking on the original Ultimate Fighter winner and former UFC title challenger Diego Sanchez (30-13). The fighters announced the fight on social media and it was later confirmed by MMA Junkie. 

Lee is hoping for a bounce back in Eagle FC. Back in 2017, Lee was 16-2 and he was at the very top of the lightweight division. However, he ended his tenure with the promotion going just 2-5 in his final seven fights.

After that rough stretch, the UFC decided to let him go. Eagle FC was interested right away in bringing in Lee. This March event is their first show in the US and they wanted some proven talent.

Eagle FC Fight Night

Now shifting gears to the other Eagle FC addition, Diego Sanchez. Last year was quite the year for Sanchez who was also released by the UFC. However, Sanchez was released after an odd situation involving his former trainer and the promotion.

In May, Sanchez was supposed to face Cowboy Cerrone in his UFC retirement fight. However, the promotion cancelled the fight and released Sanchez. The rest of the year was a wild ride for Sanchez. He ended up getting Covid and spent some time in the hospital.

Now, he’s feeling much better and he’s ready to get back to fighting. With that, Eagle FC expressed immediate interest in bringing him in. They wanted a good name to face off with Lee and Sanchez fits the bill.

Overall, Sanchez closed out his UFC tenure going 3-2 in his last five fights. Granted one of those wins was a DQ win where he was losing the fight. Nevertheless, he’s going to bring a lot to the table in his Eagle FC debut and I’m sure people will be watching.

Is Diego Sanchez BKFC bound?

Could The Nightmare be heading to BKFC? The last month and half has been crazy for Diego Sanchez (30-13). Originally, Sanchez was supposed to face off in the UFC against Donald Cerrone back in May.

The grudge match was supposed to be Sanchez’s retirement fight, however, things went all wrong. Sanchez’s former manager, Joshua Fabia, completely botched the fight by demanding medical records from the UFC in what sounded like data collecting for a future lawsuit.

The UFC cut ties with Sanchez, but they still paid him his full money for the final fight. After the fight was cancelled, Sanchez shouted out BKFC, Bellator, and PFL announcing that he was a free agent.

After a very strange few weeks, Sanchez cut ties with the toxic Joshua Fabia and has been focusing on himself. Sanchez is wanting to compete at least one more time before he hangs it up for good.

This past weekend, Sanchez appeared at a BKFC press conference. Sanchez appeared to be a little intoxicated, but seemed very interested in competing in Bare Knuckle. When speaking about it Sanchez said, “If I ever get into the BKB, yeah, it would be fun. I never liked the gloves in the UFC anyway.”

Will BKFC sign Diego Sanchez?

First and foremost, I don’t know how many people would want to watch Diego Sanchez compete in BKFC. However, I know that there would be an audience for it and that alone will likely peak the interest of Bare Knuckle.

Over the last year, we’ve seen BKFC sign former UFC fighters as they look to gain more mainstream popularity. Some of the notables including Paige VanZant, Thiago Alves, Hector Lombard, and others.

Bare Knuckle Boxing is still a little taboo and the interest isn’t great at the moment, However, the promotion is doing everything they can to bring more eyes to the promotion. Love or hate the move, signing Diego Sanchez would likely bring in additional eyes.

My guess is that there is a pretty high likelihood that Bare Knuckle entertains signing Sanchez. I’m not sure if a deal will come together, but don’t be shocked if you hear that Diego Sanchez has signed a deal with BKFC.

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

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.

After UFC fallout, Diego Sanchez has cut ties with Joshua Fabia

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past month, you’ve probably heard about the fallout between the UFC and Diego Sanchez (30-13). Sanchez is one of the original Ultimate Fighter winners and he’s spent the vast majority of his career with the UFC.

The Nightmare was gearing up to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC Vegas 26. The fight with Cowboy was supposed to be Sanchez’s retirement fight. However, shortly before the fight, it was announced that Sanchez was off the card. 

This news sparked a series of events that gave us an insight as to what was going on. It all started when Sanchez’s coach Joshua Fabia requested all of Sanchez’s medical records since he made his debut with the promotion.

Fabia stated that he wanted them to be able to see the impact to Sanchez’s health after a career in the UFC. Keep in mind that the medical records and medical tests that are passed before the fights run through the athletic commissions.

The situation didn’t feel right to the UFC and as a result, they just decided to cut ties with Sanchez. They released him, but they paid him his full purse for UFC Vegas 26 despite the fact that Sanchez was no longer going to be competing.

After this, Sanchez and Fabia released footage of a confrontation from Fight Island where Fabia confronted the UFC commentators. After that, they released audio of a phone call with the UFC‘s lawyer Hunter Campbell.

UFC’s Sanchez cuts Fabia

The MMA community and specifically fighters in the UFC have begged Sanchez publicly to get rid of Joshua Fabia. Fabia is the ‘Founder’ of the School of Self-Awareness and he’s shown off some bizarre training methods with Sanchez. 

In reality, it’s almost looked like Sanchez was brainwashed. UFC President Dana White has openly said that he supports Diego Sanchez and will always answer if he calls. However, he will never give Joshua Fabia the time of day.

Throughout everything, Sanchez had stuck by Joshua Fabia. Well, that changed today when the former Ultimate Fighter told MMA Fighting that he’s cut all ties with Joshua Fabia. Sanchez also said he’d be making a statement next week after having some time to gather his thoughts.

If I’m being transparent, I’m extremely happy that Diego Sanchez got rid of Joshua Fabia. Perhaps this can assist in mending his relationship with the UFC. Either way, it appears we’ve seen the end of this Diego Sanchez – Joshua Fabia drama.

Boxing: Jake Paul signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

One of the hottest names in boxing and in combat sports has a new home. Internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul (3-0) has signed a new exclusive deal with Showtime Sports. Moving forward, Showtime will host Jake Paul’s future boxing matches.

ESPN’s Marc Raimondi broke the story last night that Paul had signed a deal with Showtime. Paul’s representatives confirmed the news to Raimondi and stated that they were making progress on Paul’s next opponent in the boxing ring.

Jake Paul’s adviser Nakisa Bidarian told ESPN, “Jake is proud of the events he participated in with Triller and appreciates the opportunities they afforded him. Jake is excited to continue his boxing career with Showtime Boxing. Fight announcement coming soon.”

At this time, there is no word on who the potential opponent will be for Jake Paul’s next boxing match. For the last few months, Paul has been targeting the MMA community. Back in April, he fought former world champion Ben Askren.

Paul scored a first round knockout and proceeded to call out some of the bigger names in the MMA community like Daniel Cormier. Plenty of additional MMA fighters have voiced their interest in jumping into the boxing ring with The Problem Child.

Showtime Boxing’s New Star

One thing to keep in mind about Jake Paul’s new boxing deal is the fact that Showtime also has an exclusive deal with Bellator MMA. That alone can create opportunities for Jake Paul to compete against some MMA fighters.

Bellator and Jake Paul are now exclusively on Showtime and you can imagine that Showtime execs are already brainstorming. As mentioned by Paul’s adviser, a fight announcement is coming and they are closing in an opponent.

One name to watch here would be Dillon Danis (2-0). Danis and Paul have been calling each other out for some time and Danis fights for Bellator. Perhaps Showtime executives could convince Scott Coker to let Danis participate in a boxing matchup with Jake Paul.

There have been some whispers about Diego Sanchez (30-13). However, I pray that is just talk and there’s nothing serious there. Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1) has been calling Jake Paul out since he became a free agent, but I can’t see Paul accepting that fight.

Jake Paul’s next boxing matchup will be against someone with MMA experience with limited striking skills. Paul can be a star for Showtime and I guarantee they don’t want to risk him losing after just inking him to a multi-fight deal. This will definitely be something to watch in the coming weeks.

Diego Sanchez fears that the UFC will come to take his life

This fall out between Diego Sanchez (30-13) and the UFC is something that’s concerning and extremely sad. The story continues to turn and everyday it seems like there is something new that comes out or is said that makes this story even more alarming.

Let’s start at the beginning. Diego Sanchez was set to fight Donald Cerrone this weekend at UFC Vegas 26. The fight was supposed to be Sanchez’s last fight and he would retire after it was over.

Sanchez’s manager/coach Joshua Fabia called the UFC a couple of weeks ago and asked for detailed medical records over the course of Sanchez’s career. The way it was worded is that Fabia wanted to see the impact that fighting has had on Sanchez’s life now that he’s transitioning out.

Of course, this sounded off to the UFC. The promotion’s matchmaker and lead attorney called Fabia to ask if Sanchez was okay and if he was feeling any effects from fighting. The concern was that they didn’t want Sanchez to fight if he’s feeling long-term effects from fighting.

To me, it sounded like Fabia was trying to lay the ground work for some kind of lawsuit after the fact. Nevertheless, Fabia told the UFC that they were just wanting his medical records for potential medical treatments after he leaves the organization.

After some email exchanges back-and-forth, the UFC pulled Sanchez from the fight. In addition, they also released the former Ultimate Fighter winner from his contract. That said, they paid Diego Sanchez his full show and win money for Saturday night.

Sanchez is worried the UFC will come after his life

After Sanchez was released, the story continued to spiral. Sanchez posted on his Instagram a video of a fighter meeting from Fight Island. The UFC commentators were just talking with Sanchez about his upcoming fight and his career.

Fabia stormed in at the end and started going off about bias commentary against Sanchez. Following that video, Sanchez also posted the recorded phone call between Fabia and the UFC’s legal team.

Sanchez appeared on MMA Today where he talked about the situation. He stated that he is fearful of his life for speaking out against the UFC. Here is his quote:

“I’m going to tell you guys frankly, right now, I’m fearful for my motherf*cking life. I’m fearful that this company, this billion-dollar monopoly company worldwide is going to come after me. Something might happen to me in two years, maybe in a couple years. Maybe I wreck my truck. Maybe, ‘Oh, Diego overdosed, some suicide sh*t.’ I don’t know, but I would not put anything past the level of evil that is within this corporation.”

Sanchez on Dana White

In addition to those comments, Sanchez also talked about UFC President Dana White. White has been very vocal about how much he cares about Sanchez, but Sanchez doesn’t seem to feel the love from White.

“I’m going to say this to Dana White: Dana, what’s up, Dana? What’s up, Dana? Man, I tried for two years to get a meeting with you. Oh sh*t. I was the first ‘Ultimate Fighter.’ Didn’t that show do something for the company when it was $60 million in debt? Oh, all those ‘Fight of the Night’ (bonuses). All that TV time (on) Spike TV, Fox TV, ESPN, all of them, and you can’t meet with your boy? I’m there in Vegas training. I’m going to Vegas, and I’m training there weeks on weeks on weeks. I put 60 to 70 weeks in the UFC PI, just to try to get a meeting with you, Dana. Just to try to meet you in crossing.

This situation is incredibly sad and honestly, I feel like the one person to blame here is Joshua Fabia. Anyone you talk to in the business has nothing but horrible things to say about the guy. I believe the UFC wanted the best for Diego Sanchez, but at the end of the day, he’s a grown man who makes his own decisions.

UFC: Alex Morono steps in to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

The UFC has found their replacement for Diego Sanchez. Carlos Contreras Legaspi was the first to report this evening that the promotion has finalized Alex Morono (18-7) as the replacement. Morono will step in to take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15-1, 2 NC) this weekend at UFC Vegas 26.

The matchup comes together after a bizarre set of events that took place over the last week. Last week, we found out that the UFC had pulled Diego Sanchez from this weekend’s card. With limited details, the assumption was that Sanchez was injured and had to pull out of the fight.

However, we have since learned that there was a lot of issues between Sanchez and the UFC. After Sanchez demanded a release, the promotion let go of one of the original Ultimate Fighter winners. After the UFC removed Sanchez from the card, the promotion looked at several replacements.

There were multiple volunteers, but Alex Morono ends up getting the nod. Morono last fought in December when he fought Anthony Pettis. That night, Morono dropped a decision to Pettis. Prior to that loss, Morono had gone 4-1 since November of 2018 in the UFC.

Must win UFC matchup for Cowboy

Things have changed quite a bit over the last couple of years when it comes to Donald Cerrone. When the calendar turned over to 2019, Cowboy moved back to the UFC’s lightweight division. After the birth of his son, Cerrone was more motivated than ever to capture a UFC title.

Cowboy rattled off two sensational wins in a row that set him up for a title eliminator with Tony Ferguson. After a somewhat competitive first round, Ferguson completely took over and battered Cowboy. Cerrone blew his nose after breaking it in between rounds and the fight was called due to Cerrone’s eye swelling shut.

After that loss, Cerrone lost to Justin Gaethje and then Conor McGregor by first round knockouts. At UFC 249, Cowboy took on Anthony Pettis. While I thought he won, the judges gave the fight to Pettis which was Cerrone’s fourth straight loss.

In September, Cerrone returned to welterweight where he fought to a draw against Niko Price. However, had Price not been deducted a point, it would’ve been Cerrone’s fifth straight loss. Cerrone seems extremely motivated for UFC Vegas 26 and he needs to be. If he loses, it might be it for Donald Cerrone.

The UFC has terminated the contract of Diego Sanchez

The last remaining fighter from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter is no longer with the UFC. Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that the promotion has officially terminated the contract of Diego Sanchez (30-13).

Sanchez was set to take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15-1, 1 NC) next weekend at UFC Vegas 26. However, we learned earlier this week that Sanchez was out of the fight, but we were not given a clear reason as to why.

After that announcement, a string of odd events occurred. Sanchez took to his Instagram to show his fighter meeting with the UFC commentary and production team from UFC 253.

The Nightmare’s controversial coach Joshua Fabia is seen in the video criticizing the commentary for being disrespectful. There was some back and forth before the video ended.

After that post, Sanchez posted a number of stories including stating that he was forced out of next weekend’s fight by the UFC. Last night, he posted another story with the caption of ‘Free at last’ while tagging other MMA promotions.

What happened with the UFC?

Per Okamoto’s story this morning, it all started out when Fabia requested all of Sanchez’s medical records that the UFC had spanning over the last fifteen years. Seeing how out of character this is, the UFC started their own investigation.

They went to Sanchez’s team and asked about the current state of Sanchez’s health. The UFC pressed on if there are any pressing medical issues regarding his health whether they be short-term or long-term.

Sanchez’s team came back to the UFC and said they couldn’t confirm that and he hasn’t gone through any kind of neurological evaluations recently. When receiving that information, the promotion decided to cancel next weekend’s fight and release Sanchez from his contract.

The release ends and incredible run for Diego Sanchez in the UFC. He won the first season of TUF and had been under the promotion for the last sixteen years. This fight next weekend was set to be his final show, but it looks like he will close his career elsewhere.

BREAKING: Diego Sanchez out of UFC Vegas 26 matchup against Donald Cerrone

The highly anticipated UFC welterweight showdown between Diego Sanchez (30-13) and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15-1, 1 NC) is off. First reported by Carlos Contreras Legaspi, Sanchez has had to pull out of the fight.

At this time, it is not known why Sanchez is having to pull out of the UFC Vegas 26 matchup. This was supposed to be Diego Sanchez’s retirement fight, but it looks like Sanchez’s career will extend a little due to this turn of events.

As of now, the promotion is fully planning on keeping Donald Cerrone on the card. The UFC is actively searching for a replacement opponent to fight Cerrone at 170 pounds. There is no word on if there is any traction at this time.

This was going to be a big fight for both men. Diego Sanchez has gone 3-2 in his last five fights, but he was looking to go out with a signature win. A win over Cowboy Cerrone would have just been that.

On the flip side, Cowboy Cerrone is looking to turn his UFC career around. Cerrone found himself in a title eliminator at 155 pounds against Tony Ferguson in 2019. Cowboy was on a mission to capture the lightweight title and after the birth of his son, he looked better than ever.

However, Cerrone ran into a buzzsaw in Tony Ferguson. After the Ferguson loss, Cerrone suffered back-to-back first round knockout losses at the hands of Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor.

Now, in 2021, Cerrone is just 0-4-1 in his last five UFC fights. Donald Cerrone needs a win in the worst way and Diego Sanchez looked like a winnable fight. We will have to follow along to see who the promotion gets for Cowboy’s replacement.

Another hit for UFC Vegas 26

This is the second big hit to UFC Vegas 26 in as many days. Last night we learned that the main event between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen was off. A cut to Dillashaw in training is forcing the bantamweight headliner to be postponed.

As of now, it appears that Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez will headline. However, that has not officially been announced by the UFC. Now this matchup between two legends is off. I’m sure the promotion will find a quality replacement, but this is disappointing for fight fans.

BREAKING: UFC booking Donald Cerrone – Diego Sanchez

Donald Cerrone

Some breaking news has come in this evening. MMA Fighting was first to report that the UFC is in the process of finalizing a lightweight matchup between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15-1, 2 NC) and Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez (30-13).

The fight will take place at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. Recently, Diego Sanchez said that he just had one more nightmare to give and announced that he would be retiring after his next fight inside the octagon. 

Sanchez has been with the UFC since 2005 and he won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Nightmare has had such an incredible career and he’s fought across three different weight classes during his run with the UFC.

Sanchez will make the walk on May 8th for the final time with a 3-2 record in his last five fights. Granted, one of those wins was a DQ win against Michel Pereira in a fight he was getting dominated. If he had lost that fight, he would have lost three straight entering this final fight.

The UFC has been kicking the tires on potential opponents for Sanchez’s last fight. They found the perfect opponent in Cowboy Cerrone. Both legends are fan favorites and there is a little bit of history between the two men.

A little UFC bad blood?

A couple of years ago, Cowboy Cerrone left Jackson-Wink which had been his gym for years. He made this move prior to the Mike Perry fight. Diego Sanchez has been at Jackson-Wink for his entire career and wasn’t fond of the way Cerrone handled the situation.

Sanchez had called for a fight with Cerrone and now he gets his chance. Cowboy Cerrone has fallen on hard times over the last year and a half. When 2019 started, Cerrone moved back to the UFC’s lightweight division for a run at the title.

He started out strong knocking out Alexander Hernandez and defeating Al Iaquinta. However, that’s when he ran into Tony Ferguson at UFC 238. In a title eliminator matchup, Ferguson dominated Cowboy.

Cowboy was then stopped by Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor in back-to-back fights in the first round. In May, he lost a decision to Anthony Pettis, but the fight was razor close. We last saw Cowboy in September when he fought to a draw with Niko Price.

Granted, had Price not lost a point, he would have won the fight. In the eyes of the public, Cerrone has gone from a UFC title contender to losing five straight fights. Cowboy seems motivated right now and has documented that on his YouTube page.

However, a loss on May 8th might mean that both Cowboy and Sanchez will walk away after the fight for good. Regardless of their age and records, this is going to be an incredibly fun fight that fans should be excited for.