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Vera comments on management situation & Sanchez talks split from Jackson’s camp

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been hectic. I was a guest co-host with Steve Cofield on his show here in Vegas on Fox Sports Radio 1460 on Friday.

Brandon Vera and Diego Sanchez both stopped by our booth where we were doing our remote.

Both Brandon and Diego were very candid when speaking with Steve and I. I will try and get some of that audio for you guys.

I asked Brandon about his arbitration hearing with CSAC and he said it still has not taking place, so I guess he’s not completely legally severed from ex-manager Mark Dion as of yet.

Brandon said that the hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 17 but that CSAC ruled in the interim that Dion basically shouldn’t be able to hold Vera back.

Vera said a big reason in the delays in the hearing has to do with the CSAC claiming to be understaffed right now.

Sanchez was open about his positive marijuana test and admitted that he was partying too much. I also asked him about leaving Greg Jackson’s camp and he set the record straight.

He said he has no ill will towards the guys training with Greg Jackson and considers a lot of them brothers. He wanted to be careful in his words in showing all of them proper respect.

He said there are various reasons for his departure but he cited Jackson’s involvement with Georges St. Pierre as a primary reason. Diego felt Jackson was giving a lot of individual attention to GSP and sometimes at Diego’s expense.

I also got the impression that Diego felt slighted. The two of them are top 170 lbs. fighters in the UFC and it’s inevitable they’ll fight each other one day. Diego felt that Jackson maybe shouldn’t be hitching his wagon to two top contenders in the division. It’s a very valid point.

I paraphrased a lot of comments here and will get the audio so you have exact quotes later.

Special thanks to Jaime for hanging with “Mr. Sunshine” and I yesterday. I think he’s the first reader of the blog I’ve ever met in person.

6 COMMENTS
  • UFCDaily.com says:

    Good scoop on Diego leaving because of GSP. This has been speculated to no end but everyone bascially said he wanted to leave but it sounds like he had little choice.

    I wondered what happened with Vera after no news surfaced from the hearing. Wonder why they moved it out.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Good info Sam. The Sanchez situation with Greg Jackson has been weird for a while to me. I would totally agree with Diego’s feelings on him training GSP. And as a whole to me anyways, it seems like Jackson has gotten himself involved with too many fighters. Perhaps that is the reason his team has lost many of their fights lately. They were on a tear there for a while and then suddenly every time I heard of a fighter training they were going to Greg Jackson’s camp. Sometimes you can have too much on your plate at once it would seem for Greg.

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  • robnashville says:

    Diego kinda put Jackson on the map as far as being upper level camp for MMA. I know i hadn’t heard much about him prior. It’s kinda bad form for jackson to turf out diego by bringing in GSP, i would have thought Jackson would show a little more loyalty than that.

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  • […] Diego Sanchez claims that Georges St. Pierre’s arrival at Greg Jackson’s camp led to him deciding to leave Albuquerque. […]

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  • ACanadianPotHead says:

    Deak with it. GSP id the better fighter, with more more potential than anyone at 170, including your boy. Hes gotta get by Fitch before I reserve judgement…….I think hes in deep with that one..

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  • ACanadianPotHead says:

    Sorry, I meant deal….had some drinks…

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