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Morning Report: Brendan Schaub addresses his backstage altercation with Nate Diaz at Mayweather vs. McGregor

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Over the weekend, Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to box Conor McGregor, stopping the UFC lightweight champion in the tenth round. But there was almost another fight that happened backstage, this one also between a current UFC lightweight and a retired fighter.

Former UFC heavyweight and current analyst Brendan Schaub got into a heated altercation with Nate Diaz on fight night.

The two argued about how well McGregor did with Diaz saying that McGregor only won the rounds that Mayweather wasn’t trying in. Schaub, who was a big supporter of McGregor’s chances going into the fight,argues back, but when Diaz says “It’s all good though, it’s just your lack of knowledge” to Schaub, the former heavyweight contender seems to continue disagree with Diaz who eventually fires off a “f*** you” to Schaub while shooting him the bird as Schaub walks away. Schaub tries to diffuse the situation by saying “Nate, I have no problem with you” but Diaz responds by calling Schaub “a little b****” and the video ends there.

Needless to say, this video blew up in the MMA world, and Monday, Schaub went on the Joe Rogan Experience where he addressed his backstage altercation with Diaz.

“Let me just clear it up now. So many people have been blowing me up. So I’m with Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, [Andre] Berto, and I’m in the back and they’re saying how good Conor did and I’m like, good, great, I thought he was gonna do even better. Showtime wanted me to go do this post-fight show thing so I’m going and I see Nate Diaz and he’s by himself on his phone. I see him and I think, same fraternity, UFC guys. . . I just figured, we’re brothers in arms here.

“So I see him and I’m like, ‘Yo Nate, bro, how about that fight, man? You’re next. Biggest fight in UFC history brother.’

“And he starts laughing. He’s like, ‘Aw hell no. How f***ing stupid do you look now? How stupid do you look, talking all this s***?’

“And I’m like, ‘Woah, what are you doing right now? What the hell are you doing right now?’ And he keeps talking so I go, ‘Nate, he doesn’t look that stupid. He won rounds against the best boxer of all time.’

“Then Nate’s like, ‘He didn’t win rounds. He gave him one round.’

“‘Alright, man. Either way. He won rounds though. What are you doing?’ And he keeps talking s***. Then he starts talking about my career and I’m like, what is going on right now? I went, ‘Nate, I have no issues with you. You’re pointing your gun at the wrong guy. What are you doing right now? You should be selling this fight against Conor, not me. I’m not the guy. I’m in skinny jeans and Gucci boots for God’s sakes. What are you doing right now?’”

There are segments of the MMA community that believe Schaub responded to Diaz’s “lack of knowledge” quip with a reference to McGregor “teeing off” on Diaz which is supposedly what got Diaz’s dander up. That audio portion is mostly inaudible but seems more likely to be, ‘I think you’re off on that’ to which Diaz responds ‘I know you’re off on that.’ Schaub certainly makes no mentions of saying anything abrasive towards Diaz but does postulate a theory on where the aggression came from.

“This is the part I left out, this is what triggered him. I was talking and I literally couldn’t hear him and I was like, ‘Nate, use your words. I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Use. Your. Words.’ And he has that lisp or whatever so that probably set him off. But I have no issues with Nate.

“I was so embarrassed because the Showtime guys were like, ‘Oh my God, who is that guy?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s the guy who’s supposed to fight Conor next.’”

And despite their budding beef, Schaub maintains that the only logical fight for either McGregor or Diaz at this point is a rubber match.

“I think it’s the only fight. Those fights at 170 are toss-ups. Neither one should be fighting at 170. At 155, a trilogy fight makes sense for the belt. It would be the biggest pay-per-view of all time. I think it’s the only fight that makes sense.”


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Reflections on the big show: As is usually the case, most people are focused upon the RESULT of the Mayweather/McGregor bout last night. The truth is, to anyone familiar with both sports, the RESULT was never in serious doubt - all rounders generally don't step into the domain of a refined specialist and beat them in that domain. The result was never the interesting feature of this bout. What IS interesting is the ramifications of the MMA vs boxing debate. As I have seen so many times in similar match ups in the gym, the MMA athlete did quite well early in the match and can create a competitive first few rounds. However, there is a dramatic difference in energy expenditure on the part of the MMA athlete versus the more efficient boxer. As such, there is an inevitable change over as the match progresses. Mr Mayweather was doubtless aware that this would occur and waited patiently for the mid/later rounds to switch from a passive game to one of forward aggression. What has become clear however, is this - ELITE MMA ATHLETES ARE CONSIDERABLY BETTER EQUIPT TO HANDLE A BOXERS GAME THAN BOXERS ARE TO HANDLE AN MMA FIGHTERS GAME. There is almost no chance an elite boxer could get to a tenth round with an elite MMA athlete. Even if the bout permitted kicks and elbows/knees in the clinch, the outcome would almost certainly be different. If takedowns and ground work were allowed it would be over in seconds - any one of the innumerable clinches in the fight would be an immediate takedown from which a boxer is extremely unlikely to recover. Mr McGregor may have (predictably) lost the bout, but he won something much bigger. He showed that the endless criticism of MMA in standing striking over the years is grossly exaggerated. At elite levels they are highly competent and can provide a good match for a time with even the best boxers in the boxers domain. The daring Irishman may have lost a bout, but he won the cultural war between boxing and MMA and showed clearly that he can do far better in their domain than they can in his. For the courage, self belief and skill it took for him to do that, he can always count me as a fan

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Happy Tuesday. See y’all tomorrow.

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