Snoop Dogg may have angered a few fighters, but at least one UFC Hall of Famer still has his back.
The decision to bring the rapper on board as a commentator on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” was received with mixed reactions. While some praised the added comedic value and flavor, Snoop Dogg’s lack of knowledge of the sport, as well as somewhat indelicate comments about fighters, received some criticism.
The ambivalence turned to animosity last month, after the rapper went on an expletive-filled tirade against Conor McGregor after the UFC champ’s showdown with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. The Instagram video quickly gained steam, prompting UFC fighters like Matt Brown and Colby Covington to speak up.
But there is one MMA personality who’s still cool with Snoop Dogg. While retired fighter Urijah Faber may be a little biased after eight weeks of sharing the DWCS booth with the rapper, the UFC vet went on the rapper’s defense during a chat with “Submission Radio”.
“Man, I thought he (Snoop Dogg) did amazing,” Faber said. “The funny thing is, you know, what you get with Snoop is just a guy that’s being extremely real and passionate. It was cool. It was just a different type of eyeball on the fights. He’s a guy that’s just saying exactly what he sees. If a guy is laying on his back, he’s not thinking, ‘Oh, is he going to go for a knee bar?’ he’s thinking, ‘Why is the guy laying on his back?’
So he has a good knowledge of the sport from a spectator level. But it was fun to kind of teach him and just realize that like, this is just purely watching a fight with Snoop Dogg. Not him having to be biased, not him having to do this – even I made a joke that he was going to be banned from the first fight after the Conor McGregor fight because I think he was probably drunk and had said some stuff that pissed a bunch of people off.
“But, I mean, the guy’s just real, so I can appreciate that and I had a lot of fun. The way he treated me and other people was pretty great, he was a gentleman and as real as it gets.”
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