Despite a growing feud between the two, Brendan Schaub insists that he still considers his upcoming opponent Matt Mitrione a friend.
The two originally met during season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, where they were teammates on Rashad Evans’ team. Recently though, with a bout between them quickly approaching, the two have become significantly less friendly.
“Out of nowhere he started talking trash to me on Twitter and social media and stuff like that,” Schaub said in an interview on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “He said I look like Adam Sandler and someone had a kid or something like that and I said, ‘Cool man, your wife sure seemed to like it. How’s that going?’
“He took it personal and he sent me a text, ‘You took it too far.’ And I sent him a text, ‘Do something about it!’ And I haven’t talked to him since,” Schaub recollected.
The exact message from Mitrione was that Schaub, “looks like Adam Sandler f—ed Corky from ‘Life Goes On.'”
“I might look like Adam Sandler/corkey mix your wife when we did appearances together sure seemed to like it. How’s that going by the way?” Schaub replied.
Still, even through the ongoing feud, Schaub doesn’t bear any ill will towards Mitrione.
“Matt is a friend but I have zero problem, just like I told Matt, when Joe Silva and Dana White asked me to take this fight, I had zero problems taking it,” Schaub said. “It didn’t even crossed my mind to be like, ‘Nah, man.’ This is the business we’re in; this is what we signed up for so I don’t have a problem separating that.
“The one goal is being a world champion, if that means getting through Matt then it is what it is.”
Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione will meet in a heavyweight match up at UFC 165. The event will take place on September 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and will air live on PPV. It will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.