Dana White is very fond of ‘TUF 1’ winner Diego Sanchez and says he is willing to help him if he needs it. Diego Sanchez was fired from UFC after the controversy with his former manager Joshua Fabia. ‘The Nightmare’ was going to fight the last fight of his career against Donald Cerrone at UFC Vegas 26, but a few days before the company decided to terminate his contract.
The controversial statements made by Sanchez and his former manager to the UFC president seem to be behind him. White says that if Diego, or any of the TUF 1 participants, need him, a phone call is all it takes.
Dana White offers to help Diego Sanchez, if he needs it
“Diego Sanchez can pick up the phone and call me, any of the guys from TUF 1. You know what I mean? I had a disagreement a couple of years ago with Josh Koscheck. If Josh Koscheck picks up the phone and calls me, I would talk to him. If any of these guys need me, all they have to do is call me.”
Dana White, grateful, assures that Diego will always be respected and loved, for what he did for the history of the promoter and TUF. Sanchez was with the company for 16 years, with a total of 32 fights. In addition, he was the middleweight winner of the first season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in 2005.
“For Diego Sanchez, this will always be his home. He will always be a part of this company’s history. As long as I’m here, he will always be respected for what he did for UFC and ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ I don’t follow any of that crap in the media, I don’t really care what anybody else says. When I tell you I don’t give a fuck, I couldn’t be being more honest. I love Diego Sanchez, I always will. If Diego needs me, all he has to do is pick up the phone.”
The fighter’s exit took place at the end of April, just days before his last performance in the octagon. The company preferred to pay him for the total amount of the fight and say goodbye. This was due to the situation with Joshua Fabia, who days before asked for the medical history of his representative, saying that he could have long-term problems. This resonated with the company, which feared for Sanchez’s health and decided not to risk him competing.
Last week, Diego Sanchez finally cut ties with Fabia. He is no longer his manager or trainer. But this, for Dana, does not change his idea of a farewell fight. Since from the beginning he wasn’t comfortable with the fighter stepping into the cage once again.
“I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. Even when we were doing his farewell fight, I didn’t like the fact that he was still fighting. No matter what I do, if I let Diego go, he’d probably end up somewhere else you know what I mean? That’s what I was thinking at the time. I love the guy. He wanted one more fight and I was going to give it to him. Then it all fell apart and here we are today.”