Diego Sanchez head trainer and School of Self Awareness Worldwide (SoS) founder Joshua Fabia has reached out to a number of MMA media sources in reaction to widespread criticism of his cornering, managing, and guruing. Fabia spoke with journalist, analyst, and radio host Luke Thomas.
“Just like everybody talking that s*** about Diego just running at his opponent," said Fabia, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BE. "Listen crazies... slow it down and recognize what you’re seeing. He was loaded to go through a flying knee, and in that moment, in the speed of that, he recognized it was definitely going to be unhealthy to do that. And he smothered it, had no damage, and bounced off.
“Watch the video on Diego Sanchez’s IGTV, you will see he blocks, evades like it’s Mayweather level. It’s McGregor level. Clearly, why even McGregor — the only one with enough fight IQ to see the power in what was really happening there — is also the only person to study movement outside of the box of MMA-I-know-everything established community.”
“The criticism truly starts from Joe Rogan’s dumbass talking outta turn, slandering somebody, doing malfeasance in the audience’s eyes, because he didn’t do his due diligence to find out who I was.
“When I’m saying ‘100,’ meaning Diego needs to get close enough and start to unload his hundred strikes — not go 100%. ‘Tyson’ is not ‘act like Tyson,’ it’s code for uppercut, hook, hook, but again I don’t need to tell you my codes man. I don’t need to tell you my business.”
Fabia argued that once Rogan expressed bafflement at his training methods, every other commentator followed suit, and specifically took issue with former 2008 US Olympic team captain and former UFC champ champ Daniel Cormier saying Sanchez should have wrestled more.
“[They’re] trying to fill the gaps with jokes," said Fabia. "Commentate. Say what’s happening. Nobody’s asking for your opinion. If you were to go shoot, Cormier, you’d be knocked the f*** out! So quit saying like acting like anybody can just shoot in and take a leg, anybody can do this, it’s so easy. What are you guys talking about? Have you ever tried to wrestle a guy that doesn’t want to wrestle? Did it look like Pereira was staying within range?
“If you’re not going to call it right, nobody understands what they’re seeing, so all the way from the Chiesa fight I’ve been dogged, so that’s been poisoned in the mindset of the people for a whole year.”
Cormier does color, not play by play commentating, so it is in fact exactly his job to offer his opinion and insight, exactly as he did. In determining that Diego's defense is now Mayweather level, Fabia counted only two Michel Pereira shots landing, three including the knee to a downed opponent that led to the DQ win. As Fabia likely counts the knee immediately preceding the DQ knee (Sanchez said it broke two ribs), then that means he recognized just one strike landing in the fight prior to the final seconds. When you understand that that is what the School of Self Awareness founder sees, the rest of what he says makes more sense. Or even less.