Imagine what it must feel like, as a high-profile mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, to wake up and have someone tell you there is video of you on TMZ getting into a drunken bar fight.
Then waiting on pins and needles for the phone to ring.
It hasn't yet, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight Cody Gibson is hoping it stays that way for the time being, not wanting to be "that guy" who gets fired from his job for "stupid stuff" like brawling inside a "Sin City" watering hole.
That's what happened to "The Renegade" while he was "intoxicated" in the wake of his UFC 178 loss to Manny Gamburyan late last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, which led to an awkward encounter with a "typical kind of bro" looking to pick a fight.
Gibson breaks it down for Sherdog.com:
"When I woke up this morning, I definitely had that pit in the bottom of my stomach, like, ‘Holy crap. Could I be that guy?' You know, who gets fired over some stupid stuff. I didn't think that it would be on TMZ... I have 1,800 followers on Twitter. I'm not [Clayton] Kershaw. I'm not [Derek] Jeter. I'm not Jon Jones. This guy was being a typical kind of bro and started saying some stuff to me. At first, I told him I did not want to fight, two or three times. He was definitely egging on the situation, and then he started to irritate me. Then I told him who I was, which was probably the worst idea, because then, after that, I feel like he really wanted to fight. And then, yeah, man, one thing led to another. I don't know, man. [It's] definitely not something I'm proud of... I work with high school kids and I do a lot with the youths. Especially in my community, I'm definitely a role model. This is not the message I want to give to the kids. I think I'd just try to get out of the situation altogether, walk away to the best of my ability. Looking back on it, it's definitely not going to be a highlight of my career."
Watch the video of his scuffle right here.
Gibson (12-5) is 1-2 under the ZUFFA banner but does not expect his public dust-up to cost him a job with UFC. He could, however, be facing an undisclosed punishment based on how the promotion views his behavior under its code of conduct.
Or it could simply do nothing.
Which means the next phone call "The Renegade" gets from UFC could be from matchmaker Joe Silva, but we're unlikely to know that for a few weeks, if not months.
So how about it, much ado about nothing?