Michael Bisping is not going to sit idly by and see a fellow MMA legend’s name dragged through the mud.
With Diego Sanchez having recently parted ways with sham guru Joshua Fabia, that particular saga of the original Ultimate Fighter winner’s life appears to be coming to a close, but not without some added drama. In an interview released this past Friday, Fabia sought to attack Sanchez’s reputation, making a number of unsubstantiated claims about Sanchez’s private life.
The acrimonious split comes in the wake of a business relationship dating back to 2019, a stretch that saw Sanchez go 2-2 (with one of those wins coming by way of disqualification) and Fabia butt heads on multiple occasions with fighters, coaches, and UFC staff and officials. Tensions escalated as Fabia’s public presence grew, which contributed to Sanchez being released from the UFC and ending a 16-year relationship with the organization.
On his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping weighed in on Fabia’s latest comments and he didn’t hold back from blasting the widely reviled, would-be coach.
“So I talked a little bit about Joshua and then Diego reached out—Which was probably Joshua Fabia, let’s be honest, because the messages never stopped,” Bisping said. “They kept coming and coming and I just ignored them because I like Diego, but Joshua Fabia can go f*ck himself. But I said that I wasn’t gonna talk about it to Diego. I was being a nice guy. Well now, Diego and Joshua Fabia parted company… but today that little pr*ck, that little assh*le Joshua Fabia that runs the School of Self Awareness—and by the way he is the least self-aware assh*le on the planet, the least self-aware, so that’s ironic—he’s now talking sh*t about Diego, not the other way around.
“He’s come out and he’s talking bad about his character, he’s saying he has substance abuse issues, he’s saying that he’s broke, he’s making out that he’s a bad father, this guy really, really went off the deep end. It’s absolutely disgusting, it’s just shocking.”
During their time working together, Fabia presented himself as an important supportive figure in Sanchez’s life, while also bristling at the media’s portrayal of him. Sanchez publicly supported Fabia in return, going as far as to say that they believed their lives were in danger due to speaking out against the UFC.
Now that that relationship is over, Bisping is absolutely disgusted at Fabia’s about-face.
“He’s sitting there, he’s trying to be passive-aggressive, he’s talking about basically saying that [Diego’s] got a one-bedroom apartment but he’s got a child, so he’s making little connotations there about him as a father, which is disgusting,” Bisping said. “He’s talking about substance abuse issues and if he has a problem—Again, that’s disgusting. That’s private information between them two, never gonna share that. Talking stuff about him having special education needs and things like that, I don’t know.
“What this guy did to Diego’s career and to end up losing him his job and then for him now to come out and talk all this sh*t when Diego was so loyal to him and had his back and even cut off members of his own family and lost his place in the UFC that he had for a long time. And for him to come out there, do this, so quickly as well? It just shows this guy is a real piece of sh*t.”
Bisping compared Fabia latching on to Sanchez to his own experiences winning the third season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2006. With a six-figure contract in hand (paid out over multiple fights), “The Count” saw acquaintances coming out of nowhere suddenly wanting to be close with him.
He can’t say for sure whether or not Fabia was looking to directly make a financial gain off of Sanchez, but he thinks Fabia was at the very least building his brand through Sanchez and gaining publicity.
Now, Bisping just hopes that Fabia goes away.
“The thing is for Joshua Fabia, the reality is this interview will probably be one of the last ones that he does because no one cares about Joshua Fabia,” Bisping said. “He doesn’t have a position in the UFC, he hasn’t fought, he hasn’t earned anybody’s respect. Joshua Fabia is a con artist. He’s a f*cking little cockroach. He’s a little sh*t that needs terminating.
“That f*cking video of Diego hanging upside down with him kicking him, guy’s out of his mind. There was one time before one of his fights the commission comes in and he was talking about this ‘one-inch death punch’ that he’s taught to Diego and you know, the commission wanted to see it but he couldn’t show it to the commission and all this type of stuff, and then now today in one of the interviews he’s talking about how the commission was asking Diego to throw fights. I forget the exact words of it all, but the guy’s out of his mind, the guy’s an absolute fool.”