Conor McGregor’s biggest fan admitted he was unable to sit and watch the Irishman lose to the boxing great Floyd Mayweather during the latter stages of his fight on August 26.
Brendan Schaub’s involvement with last weekend’s ‘Money Fight’ was perhaps deeper than anyone could have imagined going into it. Schaub is, of course, a well-known personality in MMA circles due to his work on his podcast The Fighter and the Kid but also due to his history as a former UFC heavyweight and Ultimate Fighter finalist.
SHOWTIME took the reigns for most of the American coverage of Mayweather-McGregor and though the boxing network’s slant gave Conor little chance of upsetting the odds, in Schaub, they brought in a guy who was fully aboard the Irishman’s bandwagon, with him providing both the MMA insight and the pro-Conor slant to contrast the expertise of those who favoured the boxer from the get-go.
Schaub caught a lot of criticism for his unapologetically fanboyish outlook on the fight but in a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, he admitted that he couldn’t bear the sight of McGregor losing to such an extent that he left the arena mid-fight as soon as Conor’s stamina started to drop.
“I got up and left at the end of the eighth round to go out back and do something for SHOWTIME. At the end of the eighth round I was like, oh, it’s over. I didn’t want to see it. I knew it was over. I knew what was happening, I just, I don’t know. I’m glad they stopped it early. I wasn’t mad at the stoppage.”
Of course, Mayweather came away with the victory on the night, but I think it’s fair to say that Schaub’s decision to leave was a pretty strange one, all things considered. It was the biggest combat sporting spectacle of all time and even though McGregor was outmatched, for the most part, one well-timed punch would have resulted in a lifetime of regret for ‘Big Brown’, especially when you consider how undeniably engrossed in the build-up he was.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena