John McCarthy Details How Brendan Schaub Silenced Dana White By Threatening To Leak Private Information

Published 07/06/2021, 3:58 PM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White never shies away from responding to criticisms raised upon him. Recently, he announced an interim heavyweight title fight involving Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane. This decision completely sidelined the reigning undisputed champion Francis Ngannou.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Many corners of the MMA society expressed their shock over the decision as it’s only been around three months since Ngannou became the champion. Reacting to this, Ngannou and his manager reacted strongly against it.

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They took to social media to express their disappointment. Their post targeted UFC and ultimately the boss, White. White, in response, lashed out at the manager and even advised Ngannou to change his team. The manager then threatened to expose everything.

The former referee turned podcaster, John McCarthy recently opened up on the issue. He even harked back to a similar incident that happened 3 years back and co-related both the occurrences.

He talked about how ex- heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub responded to White publicly insulting him.

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“Brendan Schaub pulled off the greatest one, ever, with Dana. It was just the best,” he said. “Because back then, Israel Adesanya was (about to) fight, Brendan Schaub made a comment about something.

“Dana basically came out saying ‘Don’t ever listen to him, he couldn’t fight. He got knocked out by everyone,’ all the stuff he said, which was wrong. It was just wrong for Dana to say it,” he said.

McCarthy claims Ngannou’s manager is wrong in threatening Dana White

The podcaster then remembered the words spoken by Schaub in response. He even further stated how that silenced White.“The last thing being, ‘this is not the way that Eskimo brothers act. And if you want to keep talking, I will let everything out.’”

McCarthy though, believes it was not the right thing done by Ngannou’s manager. It could impact Ngannou‘s career according to him.

“Management-wise, and what is done in getting the fight together and stuff, that’s not for you to ever put out to the public. It’s just stupid.

“It’s stupid to say, and it’s stupid to put that out as a threat to Dana and the UFC. Because look, the one person that’s suffering in all of this is Francis.”

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It will be interesting to see how UFC and Ngannou take the situation from here onwards. For the time being, Lewis and Gane are heading for the interim title showdown.

What did you make of McCarthy’s revelations?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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