Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Brendan Schaub was backstage at the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match last Saturday night (Aug. 26, 2017) to serve as analyst for Showtime and a couple of other media outlets.
Heading into “The Money Fight,” Schaub was one of the most vocal supporters of McGregor and told the combat sports world “Notorious” would win multiple rounds against “Mayweather” — which he did — before succumbing to strikes in the tenth frame.
Watch the finish again here.
After the fight, there was talk of a potential Nate Diaz trilogy, after the two split a pair of welterweight contests in 2016. So when Schaub ran into the Stockton slugger backstage, he praised “Notorious” and tried to explain to Diaz how McGregor’s gutsy performance would equate to beaucoup bucks at the box office if and when they ran it back later this year.
“I’m like ‘bro, Nate, how about that fight man? You’re next, biggest fight in UFC history, brother.’ And he starts laughing,” Schaub said during a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “He’s like ‘oh, hell no. How f----ng stupid do you look now? How stupid do you look, talking all this sh-t?’”
“I was just embarrassed by the situation,” Schaub said. “Because he kept doing this (raising his middle finger).”
Diaz, who loves to make people squirm when it comes to McGregor, wasn’t having it and instead unleashed a bunch of F-bombs and told-ya-so’s because the Irishman lost, somehow implying the Schaub backed the wrong horse.
“This is what triggered him. He was talking, and I literally couldn’t hear him because people were like ‘Schaub, let’s go’ because they didn’t want a fight. And he keeps talking, and I’m like ‘Nate, use your words,” he continued. “I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Use your words.’ And he probably has that lisp, or whatever, that probably set him off. But, I have no issues with Nate, there’s nothing there.”
Watch it go down again here.
Showtime executives kept the situation from escalating, which is great for everyone involved, but probably a disappointment to the fans, who love to see instances like this go down whenever the Diaz brothers get heated.