UFC Unfiltered: Fighter pay, Ngannou Disrespect, Schaub the Hero

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The cold war over fighter pay continues to be the topic of the past few weeks.

Miesha Tate admitted that nearly her entire fight purse of $200,000 went to taxes, coaches and nutrition leaving her with just a small amount to claim as her victory spoils. She also noted that if not for the $50,000 performance bonus she received, she may not have made anything from her return to the Octagon.

Speaking with her co-host Ryan McKinnell, the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion that the perceived glory doesn’t make its way into most fighter’s bank accounts.

My whole fight purse was gone – show and win for this fight,” Tate said. “I at least spent, had to be about 98 percent – at least. So maybe I walked away with a little bit. But out of $200,000, yeah, I’m just lucky I made a ($50,000 “Performance of the Night”) bonus to be honest. I’m serious. That’s how much it costs. You take taxes off the top, 70 percent of my fight purse is gone immediately right off the top. So I have 30 percent to work with, and that 30 percent I take to buy my organic foods, to get whatever training gear, heart-rate monitors, whatever other things that I need to invest in to make the camp go well. And it’s expensive. It’s very expensive to eat like that. It’s very expensive to just facilitate the things that I need to do.” [H/T MMA Junkie]

Is Francis Ngannou still the champ?

Francis Ngannou got the knockout, he got his hand raised and the belt was handed to him, but a few months after his victory over Stipe Miocic, Ngannou doesn’t feel like he’s the star he should be.

In an interview with GQ, the UFC Heavyweight Champion admitted he hasn’t quite felt the love from his bosses at UFC.

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Francis Ngannou

GQ Question: Do you feel like the UFC has been disrespecting you?

“Yes. I have that feeling. Just recently they gave me the UFC heavyweight champion, and months later they’re talking about someone else being the champion. Sometimes I’m not even sure if I’m really the champ or not. It’s really confusing.” [H/T GQ]

It’s a very candid and revealing interview from Ngannou who never shies away from letting others know how he feels about situations. Since his title win ‘The Predator’ has found himself at the heart of the latest round of fighter pay debates and has taken his issues with the UFC public.

It seems that he may be discovering that being the baddest man on the planet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

McGregor ahead of schedule; making waves with… well… everyone

Less than six weeks after suffering a gruesome leg injury in his main event fight against Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor seems to be mending quickly and is no longer in a boot or cast.

That makes the former champ-champ extremely happy. It also leaves him itching for a fight.

“Scan went well,” McGregor said. “Scan went very well. To be back on the bike, I’m back on the bike before he said I was going to be able to bear weight. I’m rocking (and) well ahead of schedule. Let’s keep it going. … It was good news. Good news at the doc’s.” [H/T MMA Junkie]

While ‘The Notorious’ continues to heal, he’s had nothing but time to kill and a phone in his hands which, for him, is always an interesting scenario.

He’s used his recovery time to let people know he’s probably going to continue moving up in weight (and sneak disses Kelvin Gastelum), accuse Daniel Cormier of being drunk at a press event, which caused Cormier’s broadcast partner Michael Bisping to react and a tweet off ensued between the two former champions.

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The Irishman even made time to run his mouth off to UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.

Someone in McGregor’s camp needs to take the man’s iPhone away when he’s been drinking… or buy this guy a freakin’ Nintendo Switch.

Finally… Brendan Schaub: Hero

Former UFC heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub told a harrowing tale on his podcast “The Fighter and The Kid.”

Schaub and his girlfriend were driving to dinner on August 12 when he came on a truly terrible scene.

If the video doesn’t work here’s what went down:

Schaub was one of the first on the scene of a wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a 2003 Lincoln. He noticed a child sitting on top of the vehicle screaming for help. He pulled over and helped pull 3 kids out of the devastation, all the while fuel from the 18-wheeler was dumping out onto the highway.

As he was getting the kids out of the vehicle he noticed a female in the front passenger seat, the children’s mother, was already deceased from her injuries. Schaub then saw a man with no shoes fleeing the scene across the road where he was promptly hit by ANOTHER vehicle and left dazed on the ground. The man turned out to be the children’s father and has been booked for MURDER for allegedly driving the wrong way on the road intentionally.

It’s a truly stunning story.

Big props to Schaub for jumping into action.