It’s been a hot minute since Dana White had beef with someone (unless you count throwing his presumptive No. 1 featherweight contender under the bus) so it was only a matter of time before something boiled over, and yesterday the UFC President reopen an old can of worms with former fighter Brendan Schaub.
Since retiring from fighting in 2014, Schaub has gone on to have a successful career as an MMA and boxing analyst and entertainer. Recently on his podcast, Schaub was discussing UFC 226, former K-1 and Glory kickboxing champion Gokhan Saki’s KO loss, saying that fans expect top of the food chain strikers to still be good coming into MMA but that it doesn’t work out like that for any of them. Naturally, Israel Adesanya - himself a world-class kickboxer who also happened to put together a masterful performance in outclassing Brad Tavares only the night before UFC 226 - took umbrage with this idea, posting a clip of Schaub to Instagram with some improvements that mocked Schaub.
Schaub and White have had a contentious relationship for years now, dating back to when Schaub was vocal against the UFC’s deal with Reebok that functionally prevented fighters from getting their own sponsors. Adesanya’s post was apparently enough to reopen that old wound and Dana White jumped into the comment section to throw shade at “Big Brown.”
Never one to take criticism lying down, Schaub responded in kind, mocking White over Ronda Rousey and telling Adesanya to listen to “the bald fat guy who has never been in a fight in his life.”
Then, to smooth things over with Adesanya, Schaub said that he wasn’t referring to Adesanya when he said that all kickboxers fail in the UFC.
Adesanya has yet to respond to either man.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Let’s go @Amanda_Leoa you called me out now you have to handle it!— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 11, 2018
“I know I only sell 85k but I would like to fight @criscyborg just give me 360 days to train instead of #ufc228 and keep @criscyborg out of the cage 8 months while you do it” @Amanda_Leoa to @Mickmaynard2 @seanshelby @ufc #ufc228 https://t.co/0k6VKZYZVm— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 12, 2018
Since @Amanda_Leoa wants me to sit 10 months without fighting... any Featherweights willing to fight #ufc228? Nunes last fight only sold 85k ppv ....I’m not counting on much help from her to reach that $2.50 ppv bonus. https://t.co/sHHjqQdIRB— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 12, 2018
2.50$ per ppv buy over 600k but her last fight sell only 85k https://t.co/9kf1O87sjT— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 12, 2018
We have a volunteer.
Yup, there’s one right here! https://t.co/kTh4CIU9Hk— Pamela Sorenson (@PamBam_Sorenson) July 12, 2018
Personally, I love this fight.
All of these big money paydays and Brock Lesnar has teeth like MarroBone dog treats. pic.twitter.com/ifHkscO5E6— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) July 10, 2018
Moving on up.
When I’m studying fights for Boise and come across UFC fights I’ve called pic.twitter.com/xzvOYWrbFr— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) July 12, 2018
He’s not wrong.
Andre Muniz (16-4) vs. Bruno Assis (8-2); Contender Series Brazil, Aug. 9.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
1996: Mark Coleman made his UFC debut, winning the one night tournament at UFC 10 by stopping Don Frye with punches in the tournament finals. This was also the first night Bruce Buffer would announce fights inside the cage for the UFC.
Brendan Schaub really knows how to move the goal posts on things he’s said.
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