According to former UFC lightweight Josh Thompson, Schaub probably won’t be the last fighter to find themselves embroiled in a public dispute with White, either. In fact, Thomson said White could become the latest public figure to be targeted by the #MeToo movement, which supports survivors of sexual assault and harassment, and exposes the perpetrators of these acts.
Thomson broke it down on his podcast, Sammy and the Punk.
“There are people that I’ve been close with, that have fought for the UFC for a long time, and they have had very similar problems to what Brendan’s having right now,” Thomson said (transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania). “Where he was dating a girl that maybe Dana was trying to date, or either dating at the time, and that girl kind of liked somebody else.
“It just became an issue,” he continued. “Like all of a sudden that person wasn’t on pay-per-view anymore. All of a sudden that person was getting cut for no reason. It was little things like that. It just seems really — it’s so funny. For someone who has made $364 million. Really? I just don’t get it.
“I’m talking about people that have, I don’t want to put anybody else’s name out there on blast, but there are people that were so ingrained, world champions, so ingrained in the company that are now are no longer even heard of, that Dana has either tried to hang out with that person’s wife. Or he tried to basically like, there is just so many different…I can’t even get into this man. I don’t want to get in on all that. For this to happen, it’s true. This is exactly what you would expect from Dana. It’s unfortunate because he is such a high-profile person. Honestly, in this situation you got to be careful Dana, because in this whole movement of Me Too, just wait for one girl to speak up and be like, ‘You know what? I’m on Brendan’s side.’ Think about it it, I can see it, he is a guy with high powers worth hundreds of millions.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/19/2018.