Now before you go to the comment section to say that Sapp's signature should be his “drop a fight and pick up a check” attitude, this signature fits him better as it was what created that attitude of his.
Known more now for being a complete joke in the MMA world, it was a different case when he first started fighting in MMA. He would win in quick succession in his first two matches, winning both by TKO. Then for some reason, the head honchos at Pride thought it was a brilliant idea to pit Sapp, who was just starting his career, against established veteran and Pride Superstar, Minotauro Nogueira. Sapp would then gain infamy in the Japanese MMA world as Minotauro shot in for a takedown and was picked up by Sapp, who would piledrive him onto the canvas.
The usual docile Japanese fans cheered in approval of the maneuver, so much so that Sapp gassed himself out trying to perform it again three more times. Minotauro would eventually lock in the armbar for the submission win; thus began Sappmania in Japan.
To quote comedy and MMA writer Seanbaby:
“To the Japanese, this was like beating Jesus in a fish-making contest. Bob Sapp was the center of Japan's media. He had a music video, endorsed hundreds of products, and their tiny people lined up for the honor of being eaten by him. He was the Japanese equivalent of the '85 Bears, Crocodile Dundee, Muhammad Ali, and the California Raisins all in one...If there was a paycheck involved, he did whatever.”
Sapp would then be given tomato can after tomato can, with the occasional journeyman who would beat Sapp senseless. Most recently, Sapp would lose to a mediocre James Thompson by submission; more horribly though was that he submitted to a takedown.