UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans has come out and pleaded with fellow The Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez to remove coach Joshua Fabia from his life.
Fabia and the promotion have been in an ongoing saga which led to Sanchez's release earlier last week and was then followed by several social media postings from Sanchez that included a pair of videos showing Fabia berating the UFC broadcast team. Evans who was once Sanchez's teammate at Jackson-Winklejohn's in Albuquerque, New Mexico chimed in on the situation leaving the following comment under the Instagram posts advising Sanchez to get rid of Fabia's presence in his career and life.
"Diego the UFC gave you A chance to compete as long as you did because they actually cared about you," wrote Evans. "You were the original TUF CHAMP and they took care of you for that. You messed around and let this con artist Joshua Fabia use you to try to get a lawsuit against the UFC. They sensed it because it was obvious that your manager/coach was about to get litigious. I wish you the best my friend but you MUST get this guy out of your life. He is a parasite."
Sanchez was expected to make his final Octagon appearance against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at next Saturday's UFC Vegas 26 but was removed from the bout due to his release from the promotion. He and Fabia told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole that the UFC still paid Sanchez his full purse for the fight worth over $200,000.
I just had an hour-long conversation with @DiegoSanchezUFC and Joshua Fabio. I will have their side of the story on Diego's release from the UFC shortly. Diego did say he was paid his full salary: $155k to show, $35k win bonus & $21k athlete outfitting bonus— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 30, 2021