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Morning Report: Dana White, Brendan Schaub get in heated exchange on Israel Adesanya’s Instagram post

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Dana White
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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.

Ssshhhh... #ithinkyoudbesurprised

A post shared by Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) on

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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We have a volunteer.

Personally, I love this fight.

Ssshhhh... #ithinkyoudbesurprised

A post shared by Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) on


Truly terrifying.

Moving on up.

Nice try.

True veteran.

He’s not wrong.


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Brendan Schaub really knows how to move the goal posts on things he’s said.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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