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Morning Report: Yves Edwards, Brendan Schaub at odds again after Schaub’s ‘all-black’ UFC Tonight panel comments

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Last month, Brendan Schaub got in a bit of hot water with some when he suggested that UFC Tonight was more concerned about diversity than the quality of their panelists, saying: “Sometimes you look at UFC Tonight and you’re like, ‘Alright, is that the best panel possible? Or are you just trying to check off the boxes?’ We get it, UFC Tonight FOX, you’re not racist. We get it, you have an all-black panel. We get it.”

Yves Edwards, who was on the panel that evening that Schaub made comments about, took offense to Schaub’s statements, but he and Schaub then seemingly worked things out over Twitter with Schaub apologizing for the comments and denying any racial animosity.

So the beef was squashed quickly and without much fuss. . . Until this past weekend when Schaub went on The Luke Thomas Show and addressed the feud, suggesting that Edwards admitted to making a mistake in confronting Schaub and suggesting that Edwards taking offense at Schaub suggesting he got his job by virtue of his race and not his skill set was a sign of Edwards own personal insecurities.

“It’s a blip on the radar,” Schaub told Luke Thomas on Friday. “It’s UFC Tonight. I love all those guys. They’re great. I watch the show. I actually talked to [Daniel Cormier] the day that all happened - I’m close with DC - I mean no ill regard towards any of them. I like Karen Bryant, Yves Edwards, [Tyron] Woodley, they’re all my friends. I think someone was upset on there.

“I think Yves was upset because of something that he sees in himself so when I made that comment he thinks it’s about him in particular and he lashed out. I woke up like, ‘Yves, come on’ and then when we spoke, he was good. He was like, ‘Dude, I was emotional,my bad’ and I was like, ‘Come on, obviously I’m not racist.’

“I felt so bad. I have some brain farts and that was one of them. The thing that bums me out was, they’re my friends. Karen’s a good friend.”

Unsurprisingly, this appears to have reignited the brief feud as Edwards took to Twitter to once again call Schaub out, saying that Schaub isn’t his friend, he never told Schaub he was “emotional,” and calling “The Hybrid” a “self-righteous asshole.”

Schaub recently inked a deal with Showtime Sports to host a digital talk show called “Below the Belt,” a twice-monthly, 30-minute show discussing the latest in combat sports and pop culture, mixing in interviews and other content segments.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Man, Brian Ortega is not out here playing around. Suddenly Max Holloway has a rival that people can really be interested in. The post-Aldo featherweight division is going to be awesome.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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