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Midnight Mania! Diego Sanchez leaks ‘smoking gun’ UFC phone call over medical history

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Somehow, it feels like the Diego Sanchez/Joshua Fabia drama vs. UFC is just getting started. Even with Sanchez fully released from the promotion and free to do as he’d please, “The Nightmare” still has a bone to pick with the world’s leading MMA promotion. Or perhaps it’s solely Fabia, who operates as Sanchez’s primary coach and manager, pushing the conflict.

Either way, Sanchez took to Instagram to leak a phone call with UFC’s Chief Legal Officer, Hunter Campbell. “. “Smoking Gun conversation with UFC Lawyer,” Sanchez wrote in the caption. “Listen to it for yourself… None of this is normal fans, friends, family, fighters and casuals ”

To summarize the seven-minute video, Campbell expressed concern over Fabia’s request for Sanchez’s detailed medical history with the promotion, as it made him question whether or not Sanchez was healthy and fit to compete.

“The direct quote I received was, you stated that the quote ‘long-term effects of Diego being an MMA fighter’ were your basis for requesting it,” Campbell said (via MMAJunkie) “So I went through this with (former UFC fighter) Mark Hunt, and here’s the reality: If you’re concerned or (Sanchez is) concerned that he’s having negative effects, then we’re not going to fight him and I’m going to pull the fight right now and we’re going to call it a day and we’ll release him and he can go do something else with his life, because I’m not putting anybody in that cage that doesn’t feel 100 percent or thinks they’re suffering from any medical issues.”

Fabia argued that he was merely interested in helping Sanchez recover from a career’s worth of injuries and hoped to access the related scans and imaging. Campbell requested Sanchez clear a physical, which he did, but by that point, it was too late. Sanchez was asked to give a written statement about his health, but when it proved insufficient, the bout vs. Donald Cerrone was officially canceled.


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