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Michael Chiesa on ‘fruitcake moves’ from Diego Sanchez and Joshua Fabia — ‘I immediately started laughing’

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Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was worried that someone might die by way of “Stone Cold Stunner” when Diego Sanchez climbed into the cage against Michael Chiesa at the UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event last summer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As for “Maverick” ... not so much.

“I got a demonstration of what it was, and I mean, I immediately started laughing,” Chiesa told MMA Junkie. “I was like, ‘If you think for a second you’re going to like reverse ‘Stone Cold Stunner’ me in a high-level mixed martial arts contest, you’re off your (expletive) rocker – pardon my language. But yeah, I knew what the move was.”

Sanchez has a new coach after parting ways with Jackson-Winklejohn MMA back in early 2019, but has come under heavy criticism from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for enlisting the services of mystical guru and not a battle-tested trainer.

“This is the same time I’m hearing about the burning of the sage and all the incense and stuff,” Chiesa continued. “Buddy, it’s like you’re prepping to go to a yoga class or something. Like, I’m about to (expletive) beat you up, and you’re trying to figure out how to do these fruitcake moves, and you’re sticking tea tree oil up your nose or whatever the hell it was.”

Sanchez was dominated by Chiesa en route to a lopsided unanimous decision loss, then followed that up with another dismal performance at UFC Rio Rancho, where he was knocked around by Michel Pereira before securing a “smart” disqualification victory.

I guess the fact that Sanchez hasn’t been able to kill anyone with the “Stone Cold Stunner” is everlasting proof that professional wrestling is fake.