In the video that has since been deleted by the original uploader, Sanchez is seen doing some baffling “training.”
Most notable was the segment where Sanchez hangs upside down, while Fabia uses his head almost like a speed bag, punching his chin and head repeatedly. He then moves on by slapping Sanchez in the face and head again and again.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Fabia then starts kicking him in the head over and over as he hangs upside down with his eyes closed.
By the end of the clip, Sanchez is also seen blindfolded inside a boxing ring, and Fabia is there whipping him with a black belt.
Fabia has bragged about how Sanchez doesn’t take much damage in the fights he badly lost under his tutelage, but this footage looks to be him doing exactly just that, and doling some very unnecessary head trauma. Many in the MMA community were bothered and even angered by the training video, and a number of people have spoken out against it.
In a string of tweets that have since been deleted, Conor McGregor threatened to break Fabia’s nose after watching the clip, and urged Sanchez to finally “ditch him.”
“This is just madness! I’ll break this things nose in half,” McGregor wrote. “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 performance imo, for sure. But not on this guy, 0-0. Ditch.”
McGregor says this is very different from typical body conditioning that some fighters do, as this involves head trauma.
“I’m actually on the side of body hardening work also. Work 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,” McGregor continued.
“I watched the engagement with the broadcast team with an open minded judgement and an understanding that there was disrespectful comments made against you. 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.
“Box his nose in and ditch him.”
There’s absolutely no way that anyone could convince me that hanging upside down in a sex swing and having my boy kick me in the head is a good idea... https://t.co/G6NPBTEkQI— Chase Hooper (@chase_hooper) May 7, 2021
What in the actual F!??— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) May 8, 2021
Pardon my French but ... what the f**k is this?!?— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 8, 2021
I’ve elected to bite my tongue on this whole thing because Fabia sent me a series of disturbing texts last year. Non-sensical and unnecessary drama. But man, how can anyone stay quiet about this activity? Downright disturbing. https://t.co/mapsPYc6t6