Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub did not have a very good ending with the UFC.
Currently focused on his "The Fighter and the Kid" podcast, co-hosted alongside comedian Bryan Callen, "Big Brown" opted to leave the company late last year, mainly because of his sheer dissatisfaction with the Reebok deal.
To his credit, Schaub never spoke ill about the UFC after his retirement, but did go against them in some controversial issues, with the most recent one being Conor McGregor’s removal from UFC 200.
Schaub had already spoken about the issue right after it made the headlines in late April. On Wednesday, he was once again vocal about his opinions during his appearance on FOX Sports’ "The Herd," pointing out how the UFC should actually be making adjustments for McGregor.
"I'm always fighter first. I voice that opinion, which sometimes gets me in trouble but as long as you're true to yourself, you're going to be all right," Schaub said. "But with Conor, we've never had a Conor. Conor's talking about fighting Floyd Mayweather for $50 million. Go find another guy who could do that."
"We don't have him. He's our pink elephant in a circus full of grey elephants. He's the pink elephant. You're going to be able to make some adjustments to that guy."
Speaking as a former fighter himself, Schaub says he understands the mandatory media duties that each one needs to go through. But at the same time, he believes McGregor on his own is as good as any UFC press conference.
"Now I understand he had obligations with the press conference, stuff like that, but he sends out a tweet -- his tweet when he retired, was bigger than Kobe Bryant's retirement tweet. What are we talking about?"
McGregor’s retirement tweet got more than 163,000 retweets and more than 154,000 likes, while Bryant’s retirement announcement in November garnered more than 129,000 retweets and more than 120,000 likes.