Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub recently made headlines for making a controversial statement concerning the UFC on FOX crew. Yves Edwards, Tyron Woodley and Karyn Bryant were on the UFC Tonight broadcast, when Schaub made a comment that the UFC was “checking off the boxes” by having an all-black panel.
The former heavyweight then rhetorically asked if the UFC had formed the best possible panel for the segment. Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Schaub has now come forward with an apology.
“I couldn’t even tell you the point I was trying to make. 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.”
“It makes no sense. I apologize to Yves. It’s all good. I told him there’s an open-door policy if he wants to come on my show, we can talk about it there.”
“I put my foot in my mouth and I hate to tell you, it’s probably gonna happen again. 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.”