Speaking on a recent episode of his Below the Belt podcast, former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub shared his belief that the Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa exhibition bout that topped the RIZIN 14 card on New Years eve was fixed.
“I’ve seen better acting in pornos,” Schaub said bluntly on his show (transcript via BoxingScene.com). “Floyd’s just doing his thing, he’s the aggressor, so it’s not as hard to fake it. But Tenshin needs acting skills. They should have got someone to work with him on falling down, getting hit in the face, and all that.
“Of course this is fake,” Schaub continued. “Who cares? But of course this is fake. Come on, you believed that? [Mayweather] made nine million, we should be celebrating that. Hopefully Tenshin made some money, they’re not releasing that. All we know is that Floyd got paid.”
While Brendan Schaub believes this Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa bout was scripted, he admitted that, if it wasn’t, it made Conor McGregor look very good for surviving to the 10th round in his 2017 boxing match with Mayweather.
“Let’s say this is real, which it’s definitely not, but let’s pretend it is,” Schaub said. “How good does that look for Conor McGregor? He didn’t get starched out, he didn’t get outclassed. It was a sh*t-show. But I guess the kid got paid, he got some publicity, he is an actual legit badass, so he gets the rub off that. His Instagram followers go up, his youtube, whatever he’s trying to do.”
Do you think Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa’s fight was on the level, or are you with Brendan Schaub on this one?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/3/2019.