Following their rather public Instagram feud last week, Brendan Schaub took a moment during his Below The Belt podcast to speak his mind on the suitability of Dana White for the role of UFC president.
It was petulance of the highest order from White when these two clashed. We’ve seen Brendan Schaub make his fair share of misinformed, poorly-judged and downright bizarre statement in the past, but the MMA community did seem to gather around him when he locked horns with the divisive figure that is the current UFC president.
You can read the back-and-forth in full here, but in short, it was nothing more than a miscommunication that caused Dana to flip out and attack a man, in Schaub, who he has a well-known dislike for.
Whether it’s Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Schaub or even the iconic journalist Ariel Helwani, for a man who is supposed to be the sailing the ship that carries the world’s fasted growing sport, we often see White engage in petty conflicts with the fighters he is supposed to be promoting or the journalists who help his work considerably.
Schaub managed to one-up Dana with his closing comments in the spat but in the most recent edition of his Below The Belt podcast, he took fifteen minutes to first question the role that ego plays in these outbursts as well as whether the UFC would be better off without him at the helm.
“I think we’ve gone as far as we can with him at the helm. I really do, I genuinely believe that. This isn’t a hateful comment. This isn’t throwing shade. I think if you got a real CEO,a real CEO with a background in business that didn’t have these personal vendettas and personal ill will towards fighters and the negativity towards certain fighters, the league would go on much further these days.
“It would create a more friendly work environment, a more professional approach. I think running it like the WWE is not the way to go. If you ran it more like a business, that’s where the sport’s at, that’s when it’s going to grow. Us leaning towards the more entertainment stuff, I think we want to get away from that in order for the sport to grow.
“Especially internationally. We have to be taken more seriously. I think the talking shit and talking down to fighters, trying to be celebrities [is not good].
“In my heart of hearts, if you had a gun to my head and said, ‘What would be the best thing for the UFC?’ I would say for Dana White to leave. That’s no shade, that’s nothing. You’ve done your thing, now hand the baton off to someone to hopefully get it to another level, to hopefully get it to another phase for the sport to grow. I think with his mindset, we’re here and we’re going to be here until someone else comes along.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena