Darren Till unloads on Brendan Schaub for criticizing UFC headliner vs. Donald Cerrone

UFC welterweight Darren Till has a lot of people to prove wrong.

Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) is on the verge of the biggest fight of his UFC career and already he’s on the defensive. Although he professes not to care what social media says about his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner against Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), Till is awfully fired up at those who question it.

“You’ve got people like Brendan Schaub … saying he doesn’t know me, he’s disrespecting me and whatever, saying ‘Cowboy’ shouldn’t be taking this fight, but why shouldn’t I be taking the fight? Let’s get it straight, I’m unbeaten here,” Till said on the “Obviously Fight Talk” podcast. “I’m unbeaten. Nobody’s been able to beat me.

“So what do I do? Do I just stay on the prelims, do I? Fighting no one. Can’t I move up? Is this what the world’s come to? I can’t move up? I can’t fight these big guys? Is this what it is? A big gap? I’ll (expletive) show them what’s going to be a big gap on fight night when I crack him on the chin.”

Schaub, a former UFC heavyweight and co-host of “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast, indicated Cerrone should be a bit more selective about matchups, taking on marquee fighters to rebuild toward a title shot. Cerrone, one of the most active combatants the UFC has ever seen, has lost two straight fights at welterweight, where he hoped to win a title after falling short on multiple occasions at lightweight.

Schaub might not have meant to disrespect Till, who’s 3-0-1 in the octagon and recently outpointed Bojan Velickovic in an impressive performance. Till took it that way nonetheless.

“They can say what they want,” Till said. “At the end of the day, if ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone came into Muay Thai we’d consider him an amateur. So what does that say? He wouldn’t be considered no top-level striker in Muay Thai, let me tell you that right now. So what’s the difference? He’s a lightweight.

“I just don’t see how he’s going to take me down. He is a black belt, a respected black belt, but I don’t see him tapping me. And, you know, on the feet I just don’t see what he’s going to do to me. I don’t see where he can bother me. I just don’t see it.”

Before he entered the UFC, Cerrone was, in fact, a professional kickboxer. Although accurate records are almost impossible to come by, his advertised kickboxing record was 28-0-1. He also won titles as an amateur and professional.

When he transitioned to MMA, Cerrone showed he was not just a striker. His first seven wins were either the result of armbars or triangle chokes. But Till wouldn’t be the first to underestimate his opponent, no matter how many times Cerrone has snuck in a fight-ending punch, kick, or submission.

“There’s no disrespect between me and Donald,” he said. “I just want to beat him up. I just want to batter him. That’s what I want to do, and he wants to do the same to me. But just because he doesn’t know me I’m going to get all disrespectful?

“Listen, I don’t care what people say, I don’t care about social media. None of that gets to me. I do look at it, and I do laugh. I just don’t give a (expletive) what anyone says. I really don’t.”

It certainly sounds like the opposite. But leave Till to prove none of that matters when they step into the cage.

“I’ll be going in to take his chin clean off. So, you know, let these people talk, let Brendan Schaub go on his podcast and talk,” Till said. “Hasn’t he got better things to talk about? He should be worrying about the (expletive) 10 knockouts he’s had in his career.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Brendan Schaub gives his account of altercation with Nate Diaz after Conor McGregor's loss

UFC vet Brendan Schaub was at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday for the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, but ended up getting in an altercation of his own.

Schaub, who’s retired from fighting, was seen exchanging words with UFC lightweight and resident rabble-rouser Nate Diaz in a video that made the rounds this past weekend. After fulfilling analyst duties with Showtime Sports for “The Money Fight,” Schaub broke down the night’s more unexpected conflict on Monday.

After Mayweather knocked out McGregor in the 10th round, Schaub says he was heading for a post-fight show when he spotted Diaz. The lightweight, who’s gone 1-1 against McGregor in the UFC, has been touted as a logical matchup for the champ upon his octagon return.

Schaub agrees that’s the fight to make right now. And, thinking he was dealing with a “brother in arms,” the heavyweight vet figured he’d offer Diaz some advice on how to better market the trilogy.

“I saw in some interviews where he was kind of hating on Conor,” Schaub said on Monday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience. “And I would have spun it the other way. He should have celebrated Conor and what he did winning rounds against the best of all time.

“And saying, ‘Look, I beat him up worse than Floyd. Now we’re going to do this trilogy – I’m going to end him faster than Floyd did. Like, that should be the sell. I was going to go talk to him about this.”

That, it turns out, went sour fast.

“I’m like, ‘Yo, Nate, bro. How about that fight, man? You’re next. Biggest fight in UFC history, brother,’” Schaub said. “And he starts laughing. He’s like, ‘Hell, no. How (expletive) stupid do you look now?’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘How stupid do you look, talking all this (expletive)?’ I’m like, ‘Wow, wow – what are you doing right now? What the hell are you doing right now?’ And he keeps talking.”

The two, Schaub says, went on to argue over McGregor’s display in the fight – the analyst said McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) won a few rounds over Mayweather (50-0 boxing), while Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) said he was basically given a round.

And then, according to Schaub, Diaz started making remarks about Schaub’s career.

“I went, ‘Nate, I have no issues with you. You’re pointing your gun at the wrong guy,’” Schaub said. “‘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 sake. What are you doing?’”

While the audio of the video is hard to decipher exactly, it does sound like Diaz eventually throws a “(expletive) you” Schaub’s way, and what seems to be a “little (expletive)” remark.

Schaub maintains that, despite the situation, he has absolutely no problem with Diaz – who, on his end, has become known for his unflinching honesty and candor. But, in hindsight, he does have an idea what might have triggered Diaz’s response.

“He keeps talking and I’m like, ‘Nate, use your words. I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Use your words,’” Schaub said. “And he’s probably got that lisp or whatever, that probably set him off.”

Anger, as it turns out, wasn’t the feeling that Schaub was left with after the off-putting interaction.

“I was so embarrassed, because the Showtime guy is like, ‘Oh my God, who is that guy?’” Schaub said. “I’m like, ‘That’s the guy who’s supposed to fight Conor next. They’ve fought before.’ And like, ‘What’s wrong with him?’ I’m like, ‘It’s just …” I was so embarrassed, man.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Brendan Schaub talks comedy career, fighter nerves and (sort of?) Bellator conversations

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Two-and-a-half years removed from his last MMA bout, Brendan Schaub seems to have fully replaced the thrills he got from the cage with the ones he gets on stage.

Since the fateful first-round TKO loss to Travis Browne at UFC 181, Schaub has been dedicating himself to comedy. And, so far immune to the itch that has drawn so many of his peers back into the cage, the former UFC heavyweight now gets his adrenaline fix from performing standup routines in front of live audiences.

“(Being on stage) is a rush I can’t explain,” Schaub told MMAjunkie Radio. “It just feels natural for me up there. And that kind of replaces whatever I was searching for inside the octagon. I’m super fortunate, and a lot of athletes don’t ever (fill) that kind of void.”

Schaub (10-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) announced his decision to step away from MMA in October of 2015 after a five-year run with the UFC. While his octagon record was ultimately positive, his very public criticism of the UFC’s sponsorship deal with Rebook led to a rocky relationship with the promotion later on.

By the final stretch of his MMA tenure, “Big Brown” had already found success as the co-host of the popular podcast “The Fighter and the Kid.” And,  despite the fact he was still an active fighter, he had no problem speaking candidly about his own vulnerabilities and experiences. With his comedy, it seems to be no different.

As self-deprecatory as he may come across, Schaub said he is proud of the career he built in MMA. He’s just interested in touching on subjects that others might not be as comfortable addressing.

“It’s more about things that guy don’t talk about,” Schaub said. “I’ve always been curious about that. Obviously while you’re in the middle of a pursuit of a belt, or getting to the top, you can’t really talk about this stuff. Because It shows a chink in your armor. For me, especially from a comic’s aspect, I just think this kind of the best way to go. No one’s talking about these things. Especially on the ‘Fighter and the Kid,’ when I was going through that (Andrei) Arlovski camp, and the (Matt) Mitrione camp, and the Travis Browne camp. Bryan (Callen, friend and co-host) would ask me about it, and I was like, ‘I’m scared, man. I’m terrified.’

“People had weird reactions to it, like, ‘What? You can’t be scared. You shouldn’t be terrified.’ I’m like, ‘I hate to tell you, but most guys are.’ They just won’t admit it. You talk to the Diaz brothers and some of the killers out there, and maybe they’re not. They’ll go, ‘Maybe fighting is not for you if you feel that way.’ And I disagree. I think it’s natural. I think it shows a sign of intelligence. Because you’re about to get in an octagon with one of the best fighters in the world. I think it’s normal to have these nerves and stuff like that.”

The butterflies he got performing as a fighter, Schaub said, are still there when he performs in front of a live audience. The alleviating factor is that now he gets to have bigger control over the outcome.

“No one’s trying to punch me in my face anymore,” Schaub said. “Don’t get me wrong, I get nerves – I’m always nervous before I do standup, especially on a theater. The other night, my set was between Dane Cook and Joe Rogan. And then the two weeks before that I went after Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. That stuff is nerve-wrecking.

“It’s just a different animal, because I know my material. I know what works, I’ve trained it, and I practiced it. You can kind of get your confidence from that. In fighting, I put all the training in. I did everything I could. But you still don’t come away feeling good sometimes. That other guy across you is going to be pretty damn good.”

Schaub is currently keeping busy with international tours for “The Big Brown Breakdown” and “The Fighter and the Kid.” As far as a cage return goes, however, he is quite adamant.

“I had a meeting with (Bellator President) Scott Coker two days ago about some other stuff,” said Schaub, who will host a Bellator NYC pre-event show on Spike later this month. “More entertainment stuff. And they brought up some stuff, talked about fighting. And I can’t even entertain the idea.

“I made a joke about it and told him it would have to be some crazy number. And they said, ‘Think of a number.’ And it was off to the races after that.”

Asked what that number to fight again would theoretically be – maybe a cool million? – he replied with a laugh.

“Yeah, to start,” Schaub said. “Flat.”

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brendan Schaub, Johny Hendricks, Dan Tom

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brendan Schaub, Johny Hendricks and Dan Tom.

Retired UFC fighter Schaub is host of “The Fighter & The Kid” podcast. Hendricks fights Tim Boetsch on June 25 at UFC Fight Night 112. MMA analyst Tom is our in-studio guest host.

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