One of the unexpected story lines to emerge out of Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor scrap, was a backstage argument between Nate Diaz and Brendan Schaub, and now the latter’s commented on the incident.
Following Mayweather’s 10th round, TKO win, video was taken of Schaub and Diaz arguing backstage. The two appeared to be arguing about how well McGregor did or didn’t do, and then Diaz could be seen and heard telling Schaub off. If you followed the lead up to the fight, then you know Schaub believed McGregor was going to provide a stiff test for Mayweather, and his opinion received a lot of coverage (the UFC veteran also worked as a commentator for Showtime).
“So I see him and I’m like, ‘Yo Nate, bro, how about that fight, man? You’re next. Biggest fight in UFC history brother,” said Schaub, after relaying that he was telling a few boxers how well he thought McGregor looked in the bout.
“And he starts laughing. He’s like, ‘Aw hell no. How f***ing stupid do you look now? How stupid do you look, talking all this s***?’
“And I’m like, ‘Woah, what are you doing right now? What the hell are you doing right now?’ And he keeps talking so I go, ‘Nate, he doesn’t look that stupid. He won rounds against the best boxer of all time.’
“Then Nate’s like, ‘He didn’t win rounds. He gave him one round.’
“‘Alright, man. Either way. He won rounds though. What are you doing?’ And he keeps talking s***. Then he starts talking about my career and I’m like, what is going on right now? I went, ‘Nate, I have no issues with you. You’re pointing your gun at the wrong guy. What are you doing right now? You should be selling this fight against Conor, not me. I’m not the guy. I’m in skinny jeans and Gucci boots for God’s sakes. What are you doing right now?’”
Now, Schaub also went on to say that he thinks he “triggered” Diaz, after he apparently told the Stockton fighter to “use your words”. According to Schaub, he couldn’t understand what Diaz was saying…So, ya. If he did say that, then it’s not surprising things went south.