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Not to buy into drama and gossip, but I just saw the news that UFC terminated Diego Sanchez's contract early, paid him out of his retirement fight with Cowboy, and all ties are cut. Essentially, UFC saw that his manager was likely about to try to sue them over long term medical problems and they just cleaned their hands and released him.
So then I went down this rabit hole and his manager, Joshua Fabia, is this "fitness guru" with no MMA credibility and is essentially a social media guru scammer type. He very clearly is a snake and has Sanchez brainwashed and I've only found out about this story today.
Like who suddenly sends a rogue email to the UFC asking for all of Sanchez's medical records for any reason other than a medical problem? A confused UFC then proceeds to ask if Sanchez has a medical issue in which his manager denies any medical problems. So essentially, they were trying to get all medical data to muster up a lawsuit. This dude Fabia is so obviously a weirdo.
That's a pretty sad way to end a long and respectable career. I saw a lot of people online seriously concerned for Sanchez like this Fabia guy is full blown cult leader, might try to kill him type vibes. I feel like most of these social media "guru's" are sociopath scammers with a warped sense of reality, but if anything he wants to steal money as opposed to wear Diego's skin.
@dipset Yeah Diego is a legend of the game and it sucks to see him go so unceremoniously. Felt like one of those guys who would be around forever. Did you see the video of Fabia chasing his fighters with a knife as "training?" Absolute psycho.
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I had not come across that yet, but I'm still kinda looking into all of this.
Again, I automatically assume all (yes, all) social media guru's are sociopaths so I'm not surprised some are also psychopaths as well. I guess that is where all of the concerned UFC fans online are coming from when they say things like Fabia might murder Diego.
Honestly, this is tragic. But at the same time—I feel like most people have enough intelligence to not fall for scams. But then again, he probably has CTE or something. Who knows?
@dipset I mean Diego has always been a weird dude. If anybody is gonna fall for that thing I think it makes sense that it's him.
@capnbobamous That's exactly what I'm thinking. Diego is tough and such an intense guy that I think he's kinda like a more braun than brains kinda of guy and this Josh Fabia guy is using that to his advantage.
Well that was a crazy ending to what was a crazy card. Hard to feel like there is a definitive winner of the rivalry, though Poirier certainly won the round and very likely would have won the fight cleanly had it been able to continue. It didn't last long, but those five minutes really were excellent. I don't particularly like McGregor, but damnit if it isn't electrifying watching him fight. Hope he's able to make a full recovery.
This whole card was insane though. Suga Sean put on an absolute clinic, but I think his opponent is more the story of that match than Sean is. The dude took 200 punches to the head and was barely wobbled, and set the pace pretty much the entire time. If anybody ever deserved the nickname 'Zombie,' it was him. Eager to see more from him in the future, though hopefully he practices head movements before then.
Tuivasa is also definitely worth mentioning. Nailed a super solid KO, and on a wife-beater no less. He's also clearly become the unequivocal King of the Shoey in the UFC, and there's some stiff competition so I don't say that lightly.
My personal favorite bout was Price v. Pereira. It just had crazy energy the entire time, and they were truly a match made in heaven. Both of them were so unorthodox in such complementary ways, it's like the universe was waiting to bring them together. There was also that backflip in the middle of the match, which was of questionable legality so I'm unsure how I feel about it, but it was also fucking rad.
There really weren't any fights on this card that I thought were boring. Sure Burns v. Wonderboy was a lot of hugging, but it really felt like a chess match and I had a blast watching it. This whole thing was a great time. Shame how it ended, but this is a wild sport and you never know what's gonna happen.
I was most impressed with Ilia Topuria and how quickly he dispatched of Ryan Hall. I quite like how Dricus Du Plessis retaliated and finished Trevin Giles. People will now know Brad Tavares and his outstanding takedown defense. Gilbert Burns beating Wonderboy was an upset-Thompson looked set to get a shot at the Welterweight title.
@jdincinerator Yeah massive respect to Topuria for solving that Ryan Hall puzzle, and in the first round no less. Also super bummed that Wonderboy lost, but were I a betting man I probably would have bet on Gilbert. He's a well regarded fighter, but even then I don't think he's given the credit he's due. Underrated imo. Hope Wonderboy is able to come back though. I think he deserves a crack at Usman, though the odds of him winning don't seem great.
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The atmosphere was electric but the event overall was kinda weak. UFC sent that dude in to die against O’Malley and make him look good (he didn’t). As he proceeds to be the punching bag they intended, they stop the fight?
Glad Portier pumped McGreggor and I’m glad it ended early. I was helping family move since 6am that day and could barely stay up another minute. McGreggor looked like a clown talking shit from the mat. Sportsmanship has gone out the window across so many sports world wide and I’m kinda tired of loud mouths. Especially those who don’t back it up.