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Midnight Mania! Diego Sanchez is ‘free at least’ from UFC clutches

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Have we seen the last of inaugural Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champion and former title challenger Diego Sanchez inside the Octagon? “The Nightmare” has been vocally complaining about his treatment from UFC, claiming they left him at the airport and disrespected him via commentary.

Today, he posted “FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST” on his Instagram story, tagging several other promotions in the post (including Bellator and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship). While UFC has yet to release a statement or remove Sanchez from the roster, it’s hard to interpret the post in any other way.

Times have certainly been tough for the 39-year-old veteran. He’s lost two of his last three bouts, and the sole victory was a disqualification. In truth, Sanchez has been losing more often than not dating back to 2013, so a release wouldn’t be shocking, particularly when his coach is frequently getting in arguments with UFC staff.

That said, Sanchez appears pleased with the outcome. Hopefully, it opens up a new opportunity for “The Nightmare,” who would be ending his 16-year UFC stretch with a 19-13 record inside the Octagon.


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