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Bob Sapp shares his outlook on fighting

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.

  • Giallo

    Bob Sapp says “hit me and I’m crumbling”…no fucking shit

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So in no means ever will I sustain long-lasting damage for a small paycheck. Never will that happen.

    So instead of quitting fighting and getting a real job he’s gonna keep conning smaller promoters out of small sums of cash?

    I support his desire to maintain his membranes, but it involves working in another fucking field

  • Ron Jeremy

    i listened to it. The dude is almost delusional. He was talking in the 3rd person for a bit and at one point was having conversations with himself using different voices. He kept accusing Ariel of living in California (he is in NY i think). It went on and on. He also said “small sums of money” is 30K plus endorsements, plus other revenue such as commercials and such.

    Ariel put it best. “Bob, you are not an MMA fighter so why do you keep pretending to be one?”

    Bob thinks he is still marketable because his fights on Youtube get hits. At least he takes hits somewhere…

  • TheRimReaper

    Bob Sapp makes standing on a scale awesome.

  • glassjawsh

    what a dick…

    nigga’s gotta eat though

  • Jenny Talia

    Bob Sapp isn’t the crook here, it’s the promotions that keep hiring him. Sapps losing record isn’t a fucking government secret. Fact is that Sapp still has drawing power among those who just very loosely follow MMA. Promotions use his name recognition to boost ticket sales, and when the fight ends in a first round embarrassment, they can go “don’t blame us, we can’t make the fight longer, blame Sapp” while laughing all the way to the bank.

  • frickshun

    ^^Does he do the black villain laugh?

  • Blackula Jonez

    30k just to step into the ring/cage.
    Can’t hate on that hustle, sound like a sweet gig. Dude is probably pulling more money than Kimbo without fooling (as many) people into thinking he is a real fighter.
    The promoters carry more blame as they are the ones bankrolling this entire sham. At one fight a month Sapp can clear $360k a year, this isn’t even counting any sponsors he may have.

  • greenseed

    i think Sapp’s been planning to bet a big sum on himself to win when we least expect it  400k @ +800 odds = bank

  • drunkenjunk


    that would be the single greatest troll move of all time.

  • Symbul

    I love all the hurt-sounding fans complaining, like they wouldn’t take $40.000 to try an MMA fight, and if it starts to go badly just hit the canvas and tap.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    You cats made some good points.  I dunno if the promoters are the fault entirely, but they are definitely running the con with Sapps help.

    But Symbul, you can be injured before you get a chance to tap and be out two-to-ten times 30k in medical bills.