MMA veteran Diego Sanchez has parted ways with the world’s biggest promotion. The news was reported by UFC President Dana White and Sanchez himself.
The organization terminated the contract of the 39-year-old a couple of days ago. It’s a surprising move having in mind the fact that “The Nightmare” had to face Donald Cerrone on May 8.
According to White, Sanchez’s head coach, Joshua Fabia, recently requested every medical document the UFC has received during Sanchez’s 15-year career with the promotion in order to process his medicals for the fight against Cerrone.
In an ensuing investigation on the matter, White said, the UFC asked Fabia and Sanchez for full assurance there were no pressing medical issues regarding Sanchez’s short- or long-term health.
On Sanchez’s behalf, an attorney informed the UFC the 39-year-old could not ensure his health was not compromised, as he is not a physician and has not recently undergone neurological evaluation. It was at this point that the UFC opted to cancel the fight and terminate Sanchez’s contract.
Sanchez made his UFC debut back in 2005, as he won the Ultimate Fighter opening season.