Bob Sapp gets in brawl at kickboxing weigh in – was it real?
A brawl broke out this past Thursday between Bob Sapp and opponent Gregory Tony at the weigh in prior to their kickboxing match at regional show Fight Night Saint Tropez, but was it legit?
Bob Sapp has a history of starting scuffles at weigh-ins that nothing really comes off, so it is hard to tell whether or not this exchange between Sapp and his opponent was actually legit or not. The brawl started when Greg Tony threw a water bottle at Sapp and Sapp responded by bull rushing him to the ground before it was broken up by security.
According to President of the World Kickboxing Network Stephane Cabrera in an interview with FIGHTMAG “It was real,” but have no worries, he also told FIGHTMAG “The situation has been resolved and the fight will proceed on the card as scheduled.”
The fight, which was in the co-main event slot, did end up proceeding as scheduled the following Friday but this is how it went:
Tony Gregory TKO's Bob Sapp in R1. Vicious left hand. Upset of the year pic.twitter.com/myAgOfMwaX
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 4, 2017
Looks kind of fishy, no?
The way the fight went makes you question the legitimacy of the pre-fight brawl as well as why any promoter would book Bob Sapp for a fight at this point.
It hasn’t always been that way for Sapp, though. At one point he was a terrifying figure in both MMA and kickboxing but those days are long gone.
Back in the early 2000s, Sapp went on a tear in Japan. He knocked out arguably the greatest heavyweight kickboxer ever, Ernesto Hoost, not once but twice and in brutal fashion too.
He also gave PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira all he could handle in the MMA ring using sheer brute strength and not much else.
Check out the video below to see for yourself if the pre-fight brawl was staged or not.
ABOUT BOB SAPP:
Robert Malcolm Sapp is an American professional wrestler, actor, and former American football player best known for his career as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is currently under contract with Rizin Fighting Federation. Sapp has a combined fight record of 23–35–1, mostly fighting in Japan. He is well known in Japan, where he has appeared in numerous commercials, television programs, and various other media, and has released a music CD, Sapp Time. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He is currently working sporadically for various MMA promotions in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. [Source: Wiki]