There’s no shortage of odd training sessions when it comes to the combination of veteran MMA fighter Diego Sanchez and controversial head coach Joshua Fabia.
The pairing has caused quite the ruckus over the past few weeks leading up to Sanchez’s release from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before his scheduled fight with Donald Cerrone this weekend at UFC Vegas 26. Footage was released last month of Fabia blasting UFC’s commentary team for “disrespectful” remarks about Sanchez’s past performances. A phone call was also released that featured Fabia and Sanchez asking UFC for medical records, which eventually prompted the promotion to release “Nightmare” under the assumption that he’s not medically fit to compete.
In turn, Fabia has been put on blast by the MMA community for allegedly running Sanchez into the ground since he took over as head coach a few years ago. Sanchez, on the other hand, isn’t doing himself any favors, recently claiming that he’s scared UFC will have him killed.
Now another wild training session between Sanchez and Fabia has surfaced and it’s probably the strangest thing you’ll see all weekend. The training session isn’t new, but it showcases the odd methods used by Fabia to train his athletes. Remember when he chased fighters around the cage with a knife? Well, this training session might actually be stranger than that.
Check it out below:
At this point it’s hard to believe that Sanchez is going to find another MMA promotion to fight for. Bellator MMA has already shot down the idea and other promotions like Professional Fighters League (PFL) and ONE Championship haven’t hinted at signing the former UFC fighter either.
It’s safe to say that as long as Sanchez attaches himself to Fabia he’s going to find it difficult to regroup and successfully continue his fighting career.