Retired UFC fighter Brendan Schaub started a lot of controversy when he smeared an all black panel for the TV program UFC Tonight.
Months after the retired fighter first made those feeling known, a reflective Schaub now admits that those comments were a mistake.
“I put my foot in my mouth and I hate to tell you, it’s probably gonna happen again,” said Schaub on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show. “I wish I could say it’s not but it’s probably gonna happen again. Sometimes you take some swings and you miss. I can’t even tell you what ball I was trying to hit. I was taking swings at balls, and I didn’t even know what I was hitting. Sometimes that s**t happens.”
The comments from Schaub would start a social media battle between he and fellow retired fighter Yves Edwards, who is a panelist on UFC Tonight.
Schaub even admits that he doesn’t even know what the point of those controversial comments were supposed to be making.
“I couldn’t even tell you the point I was trying to make,” Schaub explained. “If someone was like, ‘I’ll give you a million dollars to tell me the point you were trying to make,’ I’d be like, ‘I forget.’ I remember I had Kevin Lee on and before that I was 20 minutes deep on why I think DC [Daniel Cormier], besides you [Joe Rogan], as a commentator and why he’s the future of the sport. Before that show me and Bryan [Callen] were talking about something with race and men and women and somehow that entered my brain. I have no animosity towards UFC Tonight. It’s one of my favorite shows. I’ve worked with Karyn Bryant for over 10 years. She’s a good friend. Woodley, DC, Kenny Florian’s a good friend. Bisping’s a good buddy. . . It makes zero sense. Yves was upset. . . So then I sent Yves a text and I thought it was squashed and I was doing PR for my show and someone brought it up and I went, ‘Again, I meant no offense. I come up with about 10 hours of content a week. I can’t even tell you what I was saying. I messed up. Whoever had problems with it, if it’s Yves Edwards, that’s his own insecurities.’ That was so stupid. I couldn’t even tell you what he should be insecure about. It makes no sense. Again, I don’t know Yves that well at all, but I lost sleep over this. Like, ‘Oh my god, what am I doing?’ I have respect for him. He’s a pioneer at 155 [pounds]. Again, I love all the people at UFC Tonight. I watch the show all the god damn time.”
UFC Tonight still airs each week on Fox Sports 1, while Schaub now hosts Below The Belt on Showtime Sports.