On this Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, mixed martial arts curiosity Bob Sapp addressed his current streak of 11 losses out of 12 fights. The once acknowledged contender shot down rumors that he had been throwing fights for the last year, but instead asserted that the small amount of money offered by the local level shows he’s been fighting on is not worth trying hard for.
“Am I throwing these fights? No,” Sapp said to MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani. “Will I go into that ring and receive large amounts of damage for small paychecks? No…. “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 â€˜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.”
Sapp’s testimony might lead one to wonder why fans still talk about and buy tickets to shows featuring a fighter who openly admits he’s half-assing his performances in order to pick up a pay check. Yet, Sapp is, undoubtedly, the most talked about fighter to go on a 10 fight losing streak. For smaller shows Sapp still garners attention. And he still gets paid.
“Are you asking me, hey Bob, when did you come to the epiphany that Gary Goodridge has brain damage, and no one is paying for that?” Sapp continued. “Hey Bob, are you talking to me about the fact that a lot of these K-1 fighters went unpaid, and now all of a sudden you want to say that, you’ve got to be here collecting your paycheck? When did I have that epiphany? Well I will tell you. It was when the bill collector came and I said, â€˜Well hey, I’m Bob Sapp. Look at my YouTube videos. Look at these people reporting on me, and here, will this work? Can I take that belt, can I take those trophies and melt them down?’ Hey, you say go for the gold, are they gold? No. Those things are worth about a dollar.”
Considering that the sport of mixed martial arts is built around bleeding and suffering for the value of a belt or a trophy, Sapp saying they are worth about a dollar is pure sacrilege.Â Yet, for a man who long ago fell out of a place where he can see the bright lights and the big show, Sapp still has to make a living.