Brendan Schaub has been making a living as an MMA analyst and comedian after retiring from a professional career in MMA. Schaub has often boasted of his physical accomplishments and big stature. In fact his friend Joe Rogan once described him as Adonis who inspires a lot of jealousy.
“People don’t like (Schaub) because he’s, first of all, whether you judge his comedy or judge his podcast you also have to judge how he looks and he’s a beautiful man. And it’s a real problem. He’s a beautiful man, and he’s like 6 foot 5. He’s built like a f—ing Adonis. Really makes people uncomfortable. Me included, and I’m his friend. ” Rogan mused
But while Schaub is often disparaging about his co-host cancelled comedian Bryan Callen nobody expected it to spill over onto one of the most inspiring cases of overcoming adversity.
Wrestler Zion Clark recently shared a stunning video showcasing himself during an intense MMA training session.
Now this would be very mundane if it weren’t for the fact that Clark was born without his legs. He suffers from a medical condition called Caudal regression Syndrome.
Caudal regression syndrome is a congenital disorder that affects the lower half of the body.
According to wikipedia Caudal regression syndrome, or sacral agenesis (or hypoplasia of the sacrum), is a rare birth defect. It is a congenital disorder in which the fetal development of the lower spine—the caudal partition of the spine—is abnormal. It occurs at a rate of approximately one per 60,000 live births. Caudal regression syndrome, or sacral agenesis (or hypoplasia of the sacrum), is a rare birth defect. It is a congenital disorder in which the fetal development of the lower spine—the caudal partition of the spine—is abnormal. It occurs at a rate of approximately one per 60,000 live births.
Clark was placed into foster care upon birth and bounced around 9 different foster homes in Ohio and New York until the age of 16.
“I had to deal with trying to survive on my own and just make it through life because a lot of these families were just there for a check,” Clark told Insider. “I was the kid that they got for the wrong reason.”
“They made it seem like I was the absolute worst kid on the planet, but my mom didn’t believe them,” Clark told insider.
Clark recently filmed a segment with Bryan Callen for Callen’s youtube channel. While the clip hasn’t been published yet, Callen discussed it with Schaub during the latest episode of The Fighter and the kid.
Zion Clark is reportedly preparing for a professional MMA bout and during the filming he accidentally hit Callen.
Schaub was quick to summarize Clark’s medical issues with the following sentence:
“For the guys, for the fans, only listening. He has no lower body. The pictures we’re looking at, it looks like he’s in literal quicksand”
Schaub went on to inquire if Clark has a digestive system or reproductive organs – neither of which Callen asked perhaps in a rare showcase of human decency.
Schaub went on to mildly poke fun at the guy all while refuting that was what he was doing. He capped off the segment saying:
“Help me out here B, when you’re holding mitts and you’re like you said, you’re throwing punches… I’m not making fun, this man any faster. Goddamn, you know, Legend.”
“Are you on your knees?”
The whole thing was fascinating to see and was quickly captured by Schaub’s vitriolic fanclub Homeless cats. While Schaub’s moral character is mostly in good standing compared to the company he keeps, we can’t help but interpret these comments as a touch over the line of acceptable ways to publicly discuss someone who’s had to overcome so much in his life.