by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Diego Sanchez has officially left Team Jackson and moved to California to be closer to his son according to former trainer Greg Jackson, who commented during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday night.
“Diego has moved to California to reconnect with his son out there,” said Jackson. “He’s always a part of the team, but he’s going to train out there for a while. We love him to death, he still loves us; it’s just kind of a thing where he wants to get out there and get to know his boy and live a good life. He’s such a great kid and we all love him to death, the whole team, and we wish him the best of luck while he’s out there and can’t wait for him to get back.”
Sanchez, who is slated to take on Jon Fitch at UFC 76, has trained with Greg Jackson his entire career and this will be the first camp where the guru from New Mexico won’t be present.
“I know he’s working with Rob Garcia,” stated Jackson about Sanchez’s new training camp. “He’s a great trainer and a great guy and they told me he’s going to work with some other people out there and there’s always lots of sparring and stuff going on in California. And I’m sure he’ll always come back here, if he needs us, we’ll always be here for him.”
Despite reports that the split was not amicable, Jackson insists that he supports Diego’s decision and would welcome him back at his camp anytime.
“No hard feelings, no animosity, we love him to death,” said Jackson
Jackson has also been omnipresent in the corner of Diego Sanchez during his rise from The Ultimate Fighter show to currently being ranked #6 in the MMAWeekly World Rankings, but he will be absent in that role as well for his upcoming bout with Fitch.
“He’ll have Rob there and Rob’s great,” said Jackson about who will be in Diego’s corner. “But I already have my hands full with Leonard Garcia and Keith Jardine that same night.”
Diego Sanchez will face Jon Fitch at UFC 76 in California, while Greg Jackson and his team help prepare former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre for his upcoming bout with Josh Koscheck at UFC 74.