Bob Sapp Denies Throwing Fights, Calls Himself 'a Pioneer' of MMA

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sparky
5/22/12 9:42:08AM
Bob Sapp knows what you think of him. He reads the headlines about his "tour of surrender." He hears the talk about how disgraceful he is to the sport.

Really, all that's fine, because as long as you're talking about him, he can continue to do what he needs to do -- which happens to be losing 12 of his 13 MMA and kickboxing fights since 2011, almost all of which ended in the first round through varying levels of absurdity. But despite the circus that now surrounds Sapp, just don't ever say he throws his 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.



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BuffaloDave
5/22/12 9:54:31AM
I don't think Sapp is throwing fights either, he definitely is taking shots to the head to make some of the claims he is making.
prophecy033
5/22/12 11:01:56AM
Maybe a pioneer of getting beat down in under a minute
kopower
5/22/12 11:54:17AM

Posted by prophecy033

Maybe a pioneer of getting beat down in under a minute



That's what I was thinking. Or a pioneer of turtling up.
Budgellism
5/22/12 12:13:47PM
Hes batshit crazy. That interview was insane. It started well enough then from 8 minutes in to all the way to the end Sapp is literally a crazy person(I watched the video yesterday on a different site, don't know if the time is the same). The laugh, the repeating himself multiple times, acting like a child when Ariel was trying to talk to him... Its sad to listen to but at the same time, its good for a laugh.
FastKnockout
5/22/12 12:14:00PM
I actually feel sorry for the guy. Must be hard living in a constant state of delusion.
BossHog
5/22/12 12:46:52PM
It's just hard for him to show much heart without Adam Sandler in his corner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU4oxRVXLlM


Laughable to say he his a legend, but I can't blame Sapp. It's the morons who continue to buy/watch his fights and the promoters who continue to book him that should be held responsible. Don't hate the player hate the game.
postman
5/22/12 12:55:53PM

Posted by BossHog

It's just hard for him to show much heart without Adam Sandler in his corner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU4oxRVXLlM


Laughable to say he his a legend, but I can't blame Sapp. It's the morons who continue to buy/watch his fights and the promoters who continue to book him that should be held responsible. Don't hate the player hate the game.



I agree If Sapp was on the undercard of this weekends UFC I wouldn't buy it. He is a joke and needs to be forced out of the cage/Ring
Chieftan1997
5/22/12 12:59:36PM
Pioneer of MMA!! HAHHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
grappler0000
5/22/12 1:05:54PM
The 3 things you need to know:

1) Bob is not throwing the fights
2) The damage that Bob is willing to take in a fight is in direct alignment with how much the promoter is paying him.
3) The promoters are not paying him much money* (relatively speaking) these days.

So, you can make of that what you will. I guess when the people paying to see him fight stop paying to see him fight, this will end.


*30-40k per fight is the average salary he is currently receiving
The_Casualty
5/22/12 1:41:25PM
prophecy033
5/22/12 2:50:19PM

Posted by grappler0000

The 3 things you need to know:

1) Bob is not throwing the fights
2) The damage that Bob is willing to take in a fight is in direct alignment with how much the promoter is paying him.
3) The promoters are not paying him much money* (relatively speaking) these days.

So, you can make of that what you will. I guess when the people paying to see him fight stop paying to see him fight, this will end.


*30-40k per fight is the average salary he is currently receiving

30-40k isn't bad considering over the course of his 7 fight losing streak he's averaging about 1 minute 18 seconds in the ring per
BuffaloDave
5/22/12 3:34:49PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by grappler0000

The 3 things you need to know:

1) Bob is not throwing the fights
2) The damage that Bob is willing to take in a fight is in direct alignment with how much the promoter is paying him.
3) The promoters are not paying him much money* (relatively speaking) these days.

So, you can make of that what you will. I guess when the people paying to see him fight stop paying to see him fight, this will end.


*30-40k per fight is the average salary he is currently receiving

30-40k isn't bad considering over the course of his 7 fight losing streak he's averaging about 1 minute 18 seconds in the ring per



Plus, fighting a few times a month.
MMAcca
5/22/12 4:22:24PM
I'd take those beatings for 30/40k a time.

Sapp is only making a living.

It's the promoter's who are at fault for paying him the money and putting him on their cards. However, Sapp has name value, so it's a bit of a catch 22 situation.
BlueSkiesBurn
5/22/12 4:40:32PM

Posted by grappler0000

3) The promoters are not paying him much money* (relatively speaking) these days.

So, you can make of that what you will. I guess when the people paying to see him fight stop paying to see him fight, this will end.


*30-40k per fight is the average salary he is currently receiving



I see what you're saying. When someone like Anderson is getting a base of $200,000 (check, that's what almost all of his latest payouts list), Sapp getting $30-$40k isn't that much. Especially when Anderson is getting additional benefits that we don't hear about.

Still, for how long Sapp fights, how his fights seem to go, and the amount of effort he appears to put into them, $30-$40k is a ton of money. That's the equivalent of paying the McDonald's fry boy a district manager's salary.

Actually, if you add up the amount of times he fights and estimate high at $40k per fight, he's probably making a little bit more than a district manager over the course of a year.

When it comes to the money that other fighters make, comparatively speaking, Sapp makes "okay" money in MMA, but if you compare the actual workload and effort involved to the salary he commands, the dude might as well be a millionaire.
rush13
5/22/12 4:50:49PM
LMFAO Ya the pioneer of diving...its not like he's getting paid chiken-feed, c'mon!
Pookie
5/23/12 6:48:02AM
"Well, if you would want to put numbers on my record, whether they be a zero or number one, you will be doing so on my paycheck. That is what it is, plain and simple. The Beast is number one in the media for every 12 fights, that is correct. We see this and we know this. I’m number one in every media category. Number one in the entertainment, number one for the views, I am number one and I have a losing record. So, if I was to come in on a winning record, these small organizations, the last thing they would be able to do is afford my services and on top of it, what am I going to do? Be number one and number one? If I am, they are no longer going to be able to afford me. So I just won myself out of a job."
scoozna
5/23/12 5:33:22PM
Wow...the dude has 4 fights in 2012 already. He may sound dumb, but he's smart enough to be making decent money.
Pookie
5/24/12 2:54:20AM
If any of you havent seen the full interview, its a must watch. 45 minutes of insanity. link