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Joshua Fabia now claims Nevada’s athletic commission told Diego Sanchez to throw a fight

Joshua Fabia has been telling a lot of stories lately, and now we have one we can compare to previous news reports. Unsurprisingly, the stories don’t line up.

UFC 239 Sanchez v Chiesa Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The strange story of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Diego Sanchez and his now ex-guru and manager Joshua Fabia is a strange and convoluted one. And, honestly, full of bad vibes. With Sanchez having severed all connections with Fabia we can only hope the “School of Self Awareness” teacher disappears from the mixed martial arts (MMA) radar sooner rather than later ... but we’re probably a few weeks off. At least until Fabia’s done this latest media tour in an attempt to frame himself as the victim in everything.

Earlier remarks from Fabia we shared featured him talking trash about Sanchez and as usual involved claims that he had recorded conversations and evidence to back up his claims. Hey, we don’t need more evidence to see you’re being a s—t to Diego, man.

Now, let’s take a look at another story he told “Behind The Scene with Summer Helene” where he tries to implicate Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in the conspiracy he claims existed in the MMA world to destroy Sanchez (and by proxy, Fabia).

NSAC, Fabia claims, told Sanchez to throw his fight against Michael Chiesa at UFC 239 back in July 2019. And it’s funny, because you can read what he said and then we can remind you of what really happened and we can all have a laugh until it once again sinks in that this guy really jacked up the end of Sanchez’s career.

“So, this moment happens where the Nevada State Athletic Commission comes in and leans on Diego, and he has to throw a f—king fight,” Fabia said. “Now, 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. You’re not gonna do anything with malicious intent, are you Diego?’”

“You can call that the way you call it, but the Nevada State Commission is not supposed to come in 30 minutes before a f—king fight, and come and kick everybody out, and come and talk that type of shit to a fighter and get in their head.”

Now, what we think actually happened — based on news we reported at the time — was that Fabia told NSAC that they had developed a FREAKIN’ DEATH STRIKE that was going to kill Chiesa ... dead. NSAC, slightly perturbed, asked them to show off this DEATH STRIKE, and Fabia and Sanchez showed off what was basically a “Stone Cold Stunner,” where you get someone’s head in a standing guillotine and then backflop their skull into the canvas.

Spiking rules in MMA are poorly written and defined and there’s still questions about whether a “Stone Cold Stunner” would technically be legal or not, but the spirit of the rule is that you shouldn’t be trying to drop your opponent on his or her neck with their (or your) added body weight. So, if you’re wondering why NSAC was grilling Sanchez on whether he might be planning on paralyzing Chiesa, there you go.

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