Brendan Schaub Rips UFC Over Banking on Greg Hardy

Brendan Schaub rips the UFC for promoting Greg Hardy more than Nick Newell. The history between the UFC and Schaub is well documented. Schaub is a former UFC heavyweight who retired back in fall 2015. Schaub and UFC president Dana White have had issues…

Brendan Schaub rips the UFC for promoting Greg Hardy more than Nick Newell. The history between the UFC and Schaub is well documented. Schaub is a former UFC heavyweight who retired back in fall 2015. Schaub and UFC president Dana White have had issues going back to Schaub speaking out on the Reebok deal. Recently, […]

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Brendan Schaub Rips UFC For Promoting Greg Hardy Over Nick Newell

Schaub was fired up in this rant about Dana White.

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Brendan Schaub rips the UFC and its President Dana White over their decisions is something that has been a trend over the past few years. The former UFC heavyweight star doesn’t agree with the latest tactic that the promotion decided to go with that involved two interesting names.

Those names are Greg Hardy and Nick Newell. They both competed on the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass, which is their streaming service.

Newell is an established veteran and former World Series of Fighting title challenger but did not win in his fight on the show against Alex Munoz. As a result, Newell didn’t get a contract and White took one step further by stating that he’ll likely move on from Newell.

Many fight fans are believers in the prospect and thought he should be given another chance. However, White is not due to him thinking that Newell has a disability despite winning all of his fights except for two.

Brendan Schaub Rips

Schaub does have a history of having words with White over the years for a number of reasons. The main reason is due to Schaub’s take on White not treating the fighters the way that they should. The former UFC start went off on White for promoting Hardy over a guy like Newell during a recent episode of his Below the Belt podcast.

“I just don’t understand. I don’t understand why he’s in that bulls**t Contender Series,” Schaub said (transcript courtesy of MMAFighting). “They’re just doing it for reviews. They’re riding and dying on Greg Hardy which is hilarious. It just shows you the nature of the business and what you’re dealing with with Dana White being a promoter.

“I would bet my life on it that Nick Newell sells more tickets than Greg Hardy, especially as an established fighter who’s a congenital amputee. His story is so much better. Not to mention, you’re worried about Nick Newell. Nick Newell has, I don’t know, 20 times the amount of experience than the rest of these guys in the Contender Series. He fought at a high level, the World Series of Fighting. We can hate on the World Series of Fighting, however, Marlon Moraes, Justin Gaethje, David Branch, Anthony Johnson, Andre Arlovski – I can go through the list of high-level fighters who have competed in World Series of Fighting. To not give him an instant UFC contract is just wrong, man. It’s wrong.”

Hardy’s Background

The second professional mixed martial arts fight for the former NFL star is in the books as he beat Tebaris Gordon on the August 7 episode of the show. This bout marked the first on Hardy’s new four-fight contract with Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC.

Hardy made his pro-MMA debut on the season 2 premiere (June 12, 2018) of ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series.’ He faced off against fellow former NFL player Austen Lane in a heavyweight bout.

The Problem

Hardy does have a history of domestic violence that started back in 2014. It all started once he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend and communicating threats against her life. As a result, he was convicted of domestic violence. However, after an appeal, the charges were eventually expunged from his record, which has led to people being skeptical of why the UFC wants to do business with him.

“And to highlight a guy like Greg Hardy. Greg Hardy – not the person, as a person that guy, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire for what he’s done to women, allegedly – however, him as a fighter, he’s an older heavyweight, has an NFL background, we’ve seen how this story works out. Trust me, we’ve seen how this story works out.

He’s gonna be knocking out these lower level guys. He’s not UFC caliber. He would get beat by everyone on the current roster in the UFC. Everybody right now. But you’re gonna invest time and marketing dollars into that guy and not Nick Newell, who has fought for a world title? There’s only about four or five major leagues in mixed martial arts. World Series of Fighting is one of them. It’s produced some legit f**king champions. Marlon Moraes is a real f**king threat to T.J. Dillashaw. Lance Palmer, who is over there right now, could probably beat 98 percent of the UFC if he came over. So it’s like, to shun a guy like Nick Newell is just silly.”

“There’s only one person making these calls: Dana White,” Schaub concluded. “Same guy that s**ts on fighters. The same guy who talks **** about Francis Ngannou but then highlights Greg Hardy. What the f**k are we doing?!”

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Greg Hardy Addresses Haters With Donald Trump Comparison

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With his MMA career surging early on, Greg Hardy addressed the criticism he frequently receives.

And it might not be how you thought he’d do it.

Hardy picked up his second professional win on the final episode of ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series’ last night. Knocking out Tebaris Gordon in only 17 seconds (watch full highlights here), Hardy proved his lethal knockout skill.

If he ever debuts in the UFC, Hardy will obviously be under an intense microscope due to the scrutiny of his questionable – and at times criminal – past. UFC President Dana White stuck up for his fighter after his victory last night, and now the former NFL star has responded himself.

Speaking to media last night via MMA Fighting, Hardy seemed to vaguely bring up President Donald Trump as an example of a man who truly had haters:

“I mean, there’s guys out here that go their whole life, get a billion dollars, become president, and hate on a person that’s never been arrested that’s opening schools for kids out here. So, that man’s got haters, I’m really not worried, honestly.”

Hardy then said if his haters met him and didn’t like him, then it was time to actually change something:

“All I can say is, when they meet me, and then they have a problem with me. Thats when I need to change something, you know, see God, see these people that can help me redjust. But for right now, God bless ’em. And like I said last time, keep watchin’ and I’ll keep proving ’em wrong, and I don’t mind the confrontation”

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Dana White Opens Up On Greg Hardy’s UFC Future

‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gym will be closing but TUF will live on ESPN according to Dana White.

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Greg Hardy’s UFC future is looking bright after yet another first-round knockout.

However, it’s the end of the road for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gym according to UFC President Dana White.

White addressed the media following the conclusion of his ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” second season last night and explained that ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gym will close its doors, but TUF will live on at ESPN.

Watch White’s post-Contender-Series scrum here via MMA Fighting:

The UFC’s head man addressed the future of TUF and the Contender Series. He also spoke on Greg Hardy’s, who scored another violent knockout last night, UFC future and what he needs to improve:

“I told him, I said, ‘I hope you’re working on your wrestling, because I think guys are gonna start coming out and trying to take you down,’” White said. “I don’t see how much longer guys will come out and strike with him. He claims he’s working on his wrestling and his ground game all day, every day, so we’re gonna continue to build this guy, continue to get him fights and see what he does.

“It’s the level of competition. The guy is 1-0 and he just fought a guy who was 3-0. When a guy has that mentality going into a fight, it’s a good thing,” White said. “But you saw what happened. In 17 seconds, he finished him. [Hardy] hits hard, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s confident. He got hit with a couple shots on the chin, took him. It’s all gonna be about that ground game when that happens to him.”

As for the criticism the UFC has received for signing Hardy, White said he’s trying to turn his life around. The former NFL star has a concerning history of arrests, but has been great with the UFC:

“The guy has changed his life around,” White said. “This is his second chance. He’s been excellent to deal with. Every body who has come in contact with him since he’s been with us has said nothing but good [things] about him. The guy made a mistake. You’re always gonna have the freaks that have nothing better to do and this and that and somebody has a cause.

“What the guy did was horrible. He has a second chance here. He turned his life around. What do they want the guy to do? He should never work again? He should never do anything again? Life doesn’t work that way.”

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