Conor McGregor Shows Support to Rival: ‘This Is Madness’


Getty

Conor McGregor is seen on the sidelines before the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

Two names that have been linked together many times in the past are Conor McGregor and Diego Sanchez.

Although they have never shared the UFC Octagon together, they’ve challenged each other several times throughout the years. However, a fight has never come together as their careers have gone in different directions. McGregor, who has been with the UFC since 2013, became the promotion’s first-ever simultaneous two-division champion by winning both the lightweight and featherweight titles. “Notorious” is also the biggest star in MMA history.

Since 2005, Sanchez has been a notable name in the UFC, fighting 32 times in the promotion and competing in four different weight divisions. He fought for the 155-pound belt once, a unanimous decision loss to BJ Penn in 2009.

In September, McGregor shared on Twitter private messages from February 2020 between himself and UFC president Dana White. In the messages, Notorious told White he wanted to fight Sanchez next, with White replying, “We should lose our promoter’s license if we make that fight,” insinuating that McGregor is a much better fighter than Sanchez.

Late last month news broke that Sanchez was cut from the UFC ahead of his bout with Donald Cerrone, which was set to take place this Saturday. According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Sanchez was released from the promotion after he and his team would not “confirm to the UFC that Sanchez was not suffering from either short-term or long-term medical issues” from his fighting career.

Sanchez’s coach and manager, Joshua Fabia, has taken a lot of heat from the MMA community since “Nightmare” was removed from the roster, with many blaming him.

On Friday, McGregor took to Twitter to give his take on Fabia and Sanchez’s relationship. Keep reading to what the Irishman had to say.

The latest UFC news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on UFC newsletter here!

Sign up for the Heavy on UFC Newsletter!


McGregor Responded to a Training Video of Sanchez Getting Hit By Fabia Was Sanchez Is Hanging Upside Down & Closing Eyes

Diego Sanchez Training with Joshua FabiaOdd footage of Diego training with his guru Joshua Fabia.2021-05-07T13:52:58Z

Fabia’s training techniques have been called into question since a video of himself chasing fighters with a knife inside a cage went viral. On Friday, a video was shared online of Fabia’s unorthodox training methods with Sanchez.

The video includes Fabia striking Sanchez while the fighter hangs upside down while closing his eyes. It can be watched above.

Taking to Twitter, McGregor told Nightmare that he’s been with him “the whole way” and to “ditch” Fabia.

“This is just madness,” McGregor tweeted. “I’ll break this things nose in half. This not the move Diego, my bro. I been with ye the whole way, and still am. But this is not on. It was unfair treatment by commentary and fans on your last performances imo, for sure. But not on this guy, 0-0. Ditch.”

“Notorious” isn’t against hardening the body by sustaining blows in practice, however he didn’t approve of Fabia’s methods.

“I’m actually on the side of body hardening work also,” he continued. “Working the body etc. But doing it hanging upside down, and getting the dome of the head struck repeatedly, while covering vision, is preposterous! Grab this guy by the ears and head butt him at his front door first thing.”

Follow the Heavy on UFC Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!


McGregor Continued With His Thoughts

Diego SanchezDiego Sanchez

GettyDALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Diego Sanchez in his Welterweight bout against Frank Camacho during UFC 228 at American Airlines Center on September 8, 2018 in Dallas, United States. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

McGregor also brought up the videos Sanchez shared of himself and Fabia confronting multiple UFC employees. They took issue with the commentary team, Brendan Fitzgerald and Daniel Cormier, for Sanchez’s fight in February 2020 against Michel Pereira, saying that they were disrespecting Nightmare. Watch the videos here.

During the back and forth, Fabia was accused by UFC employees, including Megan Olivi, of making the conversation all about himself. McGregor agreed.

“I watched the engagement with the broadcast team with an open minded judgement and an understanding that there was disrespectful comments made against you,” McGregor tweeted. “You were right to pull this up. But the other guy took over the convo. Made it all about him. This is not his story Diego.”

Notorious then tweeted: “Box his nose in and ditch him.”

READ NEXT: Fighters React to Kamaru Usman’s KO of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261