DIEGO SANCHEZ has been released from the UFC due to concerns over his well-being and the actions of his coach Joshua Fabia.
The Ultimate Fighter season one winner was due to have a grudge match with fan favourite Donald Cerrone a week on Sunday.
But the UFC brass have opted to terminate Sanchez's contract following a string of issues with his coach Fabia, who was recently filmed berating the promotion's broadcast team.
Fabia recently revealed to Executive Vice-President Hunter Campbell that Sanchez has been dealing with 'short-term and long-term medical issues'.
Sanchez – who passed a pre-fight brain screening – didn't respond to Campbell's queries about his health, with his attorney Charles Lakin claiming he's unable to as 'he’s not a neurologist and hadn’t seen one'.
That reply resulted in the former lightweight title challenger being given his marching orders.
UFC president Dana White is concerned for Sanchez's wellbeing and believes Fabia -a 'School of Self-Awareness' guru – is 'controlling' the 39-year-old.
He told Yahoo Sports: “I have an incredible, amazing relationship with Diego and I like him very much and I hope he is OK.
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“One of the sad things that happens, not just in fighting but in sports, and I want you to quote me on this, are these creepy weirdos who come from God knows where and leech onto fighters or athletes.
"They never do any good for them. Somehow, this creep got into Diego’s life and has been controlling him.
"You saw the video of him chasing guys in the Octagon with a knife. How [expletive] nuts is that?
"He goes to the commission and tells them that he’s taught Diego this death touch.
"It goes on and on with this guy.
"He goes into the [fighter-broadcaster] production meeting and tells the commentators what they should be saying?
"The guy is bats*** nuts. He worked his way into Diego’s life and has gotten control over him.
"I just want the best for Diego.”
Sanchez reacted to his release on Instagram, writing 'free at last, free at last' and tagging several other fight promotions.
The Nightmare made his UFC debut in April 2005 and made the walk to the octagon a whopping 32 times, winning 19 and losing 13 of those contests.
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