Subscription service OnlyFans has become something of a meme in the MMA bubble. Fighters like Bec Rawlings, Jessica Eye, Claudia Gadelha, and Jessica Penne have all started accounts on the platform, using the notoriety from their respective combat sports careers to bring in fans willing to shell out as much as $49 a month (in Gadelha’s case).
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Rawlings explained the move and how her OnlyFans account became a financial life saver over the last year.
“Normally, I’d be freaking out right now if I haven’t fought yet and made some money,” Rawlings said of the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “So it’s given me an opportunity to make money elsewhere. So it’s definitely saved me during this. It’s been good. I’m enjoying it.”
Still, for all the upside that Rawlings and others may be getting out of the service, it was still a bit of a shock to see none other than Ultimate Fighters Season 1 winner and former UFC title contender Diego Sanchez hitting Twitter to advertise his own account.
All my real fans get the real at my onlyfans— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) December 26, 2020
Sure enough, the ‘Nightmare’ went live with his account back in September. Where he’s been posting photos and videos from his training and travels, including his work with Joshua Fabia and the School of Self Awareness. Sanchez has seemingly made Fabia a major part of his MMA training over recent months, leading to some less than impressive results in the cage and some strange stories from other fighters about encounters outside the Octagon.
At the moment Sanchez’s OnlyFans account is entirely free for anyone signed up with the site. But with the fighter recently talking retirement and seemingly looking toward the end of his MMA career, maybe the monetary side of OnlyFans will start to look more enticing.