Ariel Helwani invited Bob Sapp onto the MMA Hour after Bob’s 7th MMA loss in a row, all of which lasted no longer than 3 minutes. The obvious question everyone wanted answering: how does a person justify making a career out of basically throwing fights?
“Am I throwing these fights? No. Will I go into that ring and receive large amounts of damage for small paychecks? No,” Sapp asserted vehemently on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“I will receive no damage to my body that will be long-lasting for a small, insignificant amount of cash. I think we’ve now seen that with examples in the NFL, and the fact that some of these guys are coming back and saying ‘hey, we want some money, we have brain damage.’ I’m getting paid well underneath what a professional boxer would, or Manny Pacquiao. So in no means ever will I sustain long-lasting damage for a small paycheck. Never will that happen.”
“When it came to K-1, at the time, when K-1 was doing well, they did pay significantly enough to have you go into that ring and, hey, any kind of injury you get, they’re going to pay,” Sapp said. “Let me give you an example. Mirko Cro Cop, he cracked my eye socket. Mirko Cro Cop, he received his paycheck. I received my paycheck. They also paid for my entire hospital bill. These small organizations that you see that look so wonderful, they pay none of your bills if you get hurt. Period. Period. Period. If you would like to get hurt for small amounts of money, we call that the military.”
See, you don’t actually get paid to be hurt. The idea is you fight back and if you’re good enough at that, the not getting hurt thing kinda takes care of itself. You’re paid to fight, and heading in with the intention of quitting the second someone puts up any resistance kinda goes against that.
The best punch Bob Sapp has landed in years.