Brendan Schaub

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Brendan Schaub
Brendan Schaub, co-host of "The Fighter and the Kid" Podcast.jpg
Schaub in 2016
Born Brendan Peter Schaub
(1983-03-18) March 18, 1983 (age 34)
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Big Brown
The Hybrid
Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder
Occupation Actor
Talk show host
Mixed martial artist
Known for The Fighter & The Kid
Big Brown Breakdown

Mixed martial arts career
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)[1]
Style Boxing, BJJ, Wrestling
Team Reign Training Center[citation needed]
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy[citation needed]
Black House[citation needed]
High Altitude MMA[citation needed]
Box N Burn[citation needed]
Rank Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
Years active 2008–2015
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 10
By knockout 7
By submission 1
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 4
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
Total 3
Wins 3
By knockout 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brendan Peter Schaub (born March 18, 1983) is an American podcaster, comedian, actor, commentator, former professional football player, and retired mixed martial artist. He was a finalist and the runner-up of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.[2] He co-hosts The Fighter and the Kid, a weekly podcast with comedian Bryan Callen, as well as his own podcast Big Brown Breakdown.[3]

Early life[edit]

Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, to an English mother Debra and an American father Peter Schaub.[4]He is of German, Italian, and English descent.[5] He was an all-state performer in football and lacrosse at Overland High School. After high school, he attended Whittier College, where he was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams. Prior to his junior year he transferred to the University of Colorado, where he redshirted his first season, playing tight end before moving to fullback. He went on to appear in 26 games during his career at CU with no starts.[6] After college, Schaub played football in the Arena Football League with the Utah Blaze and spent time on the practice squad for the NFL's Buffalo Bills.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After retiring from football, Schaub returned to Colorado where he began training in mixed martial arts. His father is a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo.[citation needed] He began boxing and practicing jiu-jitsu before he started his football career, primarily as a means of staying in shape. After only six months of training in boxing, Schaub won a novice division Golden Gloves title. He also found UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt's gym, High Altitude Martial Arts located in Aurora. Schaub split his time between there and the Grudge Training Center in Arvada, where he met UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin, also a Grudge Fight Team member. The two became friends as well as training partners. Before long, Schaub won the 2007 Colorado-New Mexico Golden Gloves Novice division heavyweight title, and was later awarded his purple belt[citation needed] in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Schaub competed on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad.[8] Schaub and James McSweeney were the two fighters Rashad Evans wanted most[citation needed], as they both trained with him at Team Jackson. Evans made Schaub his 2nd pick and the 3rd overall.

He fought on the fourth episode against Demico Rogers, defeating him via first round submission with an anaconda choke, and moved onto the quarter finals. In the quarterfinals, Schaub won his fight by knockout (KO) in the second round against teammate, Jon Madsen.

In the semifinals, Schaub defeated Marcus Jones of Team Rampage via KO in the first round. This win advanced Schaub to The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, where he lost by KO in the first round to Roy Nelson.

Early fights and retirement[edit]

Schaub rebounded from his loss to Nelson with a 47-second technical knockout (TKO) win over Chase Gormley at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.

Schaub next fought Chris Tuchscherer, the main training partner for former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, at UFC 116. Schaub won the bout via first round KO.

Schaub made his main card debut at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California on October 23, 2010 against former UFC heavyweight title challenger, Gabriel Gonzaga. For the first time in Schaub's career, the fight continued past the first round, going the full distance to a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27) victory for Schaub.

Schaub had expressed interest in fighting Frank Mir or Mirko Cro Cop in his next fight and a fight against Mir was tentatively booked for UFC 128 on March 19, 2011.[9] However, Schaub instead faced Cro Cop at the event, a day after his 28th birthday. Schaub won the Knockout of the Night award with a third-round KO following a well-placed counter-punch, compiling a four-fight win streak.[10][11][12]

On August 27, 2011 at UFC 134, Schaub lost to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (punches) in the first round.[13] He lost his second straight fight, also via KO (punches), to Ben Rothwell on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[14]

Schaub was expected to face Lavar Johnson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[15] However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with a groin injury and Schaub was pulled from the card as well.[16] Schaub fought Johnson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[17] He controlled Johnson with his wrestling on the ground for most of all three rounds and won a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27). Johnson tested positive for elevated testosterone in a post-fight drug test.[18]

Schaub was expected to face Matt Mitrione on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[19] However, in mid-July, Mitrione pulled out of the bout citing an injury and Schaub was pulled from the event as well.[20] The bout eventually took place on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[21] Schaub submitted Mittrione in the first round, his first submission win in his professional MMA career. It was also the first D'Arce choke in UFC heavyweight history.[citation needed]

Schaub fought returning former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014,[22][23] with Arlovski winning via split decision (28–29, 29–28, and 29–28). On December 6, 2014 at UFC 181, Schaub lost via TKO (punches) in the first round to Travis Browne.[24] Soon after the fight, Schaub's friend and UFC commentator Joe Rogan publicly advised him that, not only did he doubt Schaub could beat the elite fighters of the UFC heavyweight division, but as a friend he was considerably worried about him sustaining more head trauma.[25] Schaub could be seen holding back tears. Six months later, Schaub announced that he would move down to the light heavyweight division.[26] However, later that year he stated that he was unsure whether he would compete in MMA again, citing his issues with the UFC's new Reebok sponsorship, injuries and his successful entertainment career outside of fighting.[27]

On October 12, 2015, he posted on social media that he was retiring from MMA.[28]

Submission grappling[edit]


Schaub received permission from UFC President Dana White to participate in the Metamoris 2 Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament on June 9, 2013, facing Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu in a no-gi rules match.[29] During the match, Schaub refused to engage Abreu in his ground game, moving away from his opponent several times and earning the ire of the crowd, being heckled several times.[30] During the post-fight interview, confused about the crowd's reaction, Schaub claimed that viewers were uninformed: "They don't understand what they were seeing." and stated that previous opponents of Abreu "fell for his game, and weren't able to neutralize him".[citation needed]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–5 Travis Browne TKO (punches) UFC 181 December 6, 2014 1 4:50 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 Andrei Arlovski Decision (split) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 10–3 Matt Mitrione Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 1 4:06 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 9–3 Lavar Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 8–3 Ben Rothwell KO (punches) UFC 145 April 21, 2012 1 1:10 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 8–2 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira KO (punches) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 1 3:09 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Mirko Cro Cop KO (punch) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 3:44 Newark, New Jersey, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 7–1 Gabriel Gonzaga Decision (unanimous) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 6–1 Chris Tuchscherer KO (punches) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 1 1:07 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 5–1 Chase Gormley TKO (punches) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 1 0:47 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 4–1 Roy Nelson KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale December 5, 2009 1 3:45 Paradise, Nevada, United States TUF 10 Finale.
Win 4–0 Bojan Spalević TKO (punches) ROF 34 - Judgment Day April 12, 2009 1 0:52 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won the Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Alex Rozman TKO (punches) ROF 33 - Adrenaline January 10, 2009 1 1:23 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Johnny Curtis KO (punches) UWC: Confrontation October 11, 2008 1 1:07 George Mason, Virginia, United States
Win 1–0 Jay Lester TKO (punches) ROF 32 - Respect June 13, 2008 1 0:30 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Marcus Jones KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 1 2:11 Paradise, Nevada, United States Semi-finals
Win 2–0 Jon Madsen KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 2 1:39 Paradise, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals
Win 1–0 Demico Rogers Submission (anaconda choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 1 3:17 Paradise, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout

Entertainment career[edit]

The Fighter and the Kid[edit]

Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen, hosts of "The Fighter and the Kid" Podcast on FOX Sports.

The Fighter and the Kid podcast has charted in multiple countries across the world.[31] The duo are known for their comedic perspectives, not only in the realm of mixed martial arts, but also within pop culture and current events.

Schaub and Callen performed the podcast live to sold out crowds on a national tour in 2016. The tour included such venues as The Vic Theatre (Chicago), Gramercy Theatre (New York City), and the Wilbur Theatre (Boston); culminating at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.[32] Schaub made his solo stand-up comedy debut on August 10, 2016 at the Comedy Store.[33]

In 2016, Schaub and Callen released The Fighter and the Kid 3D. The twelve episode digital download series features sketch comedy pieces spawned from the duo's podcast personas.[34]

When Rogan does not personally work a UFC event, he will sometimes host what has come to be known as the "Fight Companion" podcast,[35] of which Schaub and Callen are often guests. They also appeared on the MTV show Ridiculousness, hosted by Rob Dyrdek, in June, 2016.[36]

The Fighter and the Kid collaborated with Brooklyn-based shoe manufacturer, Greats Brand to release their own custom sneaker, debuting March 23, 2017.[37]

Big Brown Breakdown[edit]

In December 2016, Schaub launched a solo podcast, titled Big Brown Breakdown.[38] Schaub mainly discusses topics related to mixed martial arts and the UFC events. Schaub performed the first live version of the Big Brown Breakdown podcast March 2, 2017 at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA.[39]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

In addition to The Fighter and the Kid live shows, Schaub has performed as a solo comedian at such venues as The Comedy Store,[40] Hollywood Improv,[41] and The Laugh Factory.[42] In 2017, he sold out venues worldwide touring not only in North America, but Australia/New Zealand[43], and England/Ireland[44]. Schaub is featured on Comedy Central's "This is Not Happening" Season 4[45]

Commentary career[edit]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On June 7, 2017 Bellator MMA announced that Schaub would join the promotion to provide insight and analysis as part of the pre-show for Bellator 180 and the Bellator NYC pay-per-view. The show aired on Spike TV June 24, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. [46]

Showtime Boxing[edit]

Schaub was brought on by Showtime to be the voice of MMA for the commentary surrounding the Mayweather/McGregor Blockbuster Boxing Match August 26, 2017. Schaub, alongside Mauro Ranallo, Paulie Malignaggi, and Brian Custer provided live insight to packed crowds during the Promotional tour in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York[47]; as well as across mass media outlets, and the actual event itself. [48]

Personal life[edit]

On February 21, 2016 Schaub and partner Joanna Zanella, welcomed their first child Tiger Pax Schaub[49].

On September 9, 2017 Schuab and partner Joanna Zanella got engaged.

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ "MMA Elite Prospect Profile: Brendan Schaub Part II". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" | News –". 2009-09-16. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
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  12. ^ "UFC 128 bonuses: Schaub, Koch, Barboza and Njokuani each earn $70K | News –". 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
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  14. ^ "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". January 20, 2012. [permanent dead link]
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  16. ^ Staff (2012-11-30). "Pulled groin forces Lavar Johnson out of UFC on FOX 5 bout with Brendan Schaub". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  17. ^ "Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson now targeted for UFC 157". December 10, 2012. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Matt Mitrione no longer suspended, meets Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8". April 24, 2013. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-10-10). "UFC's Brendan Schaub makes decision to stop fighting...". Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  28. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-10-15). "Brendan Schaub 'willing to bet' podcast T-shirts are outselling 'terrible' UFC 'fight kits'". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  29. ^ "Brendan Schaub Competing in BJJ at Metamoris, Then Fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC on Fox 8". Yahoo Sports. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Metamoris 2 results: Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu embarrasses Brendan Schaub". June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Brendan Schaub, Bryan Callen - The Fighter and the Kid International iTunes Chart Performance". 
  32. ^ "The Fighter & The Kid announce national tour". February 12, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Stand Up: Brendan Schaub details his first night as a solo comedian". Damon Martin. August 13, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  34. ^ "The Fighter and the Kid 3D". May 20, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  35. ^ "The Joe Rogan Experience June 18, 2016 Fight Companion Podcast with Brendan Schaub, Bryan Callen, and Eddie Bravo". June 18, 2016. 
  36. ^ ""@ridiculousness + @thefighterandthekid Brendan Schaub Instagram Post - June 20, 2016"". June 20, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Greats Brand Collaboration". 
  38. ^ "Big Brown Breakdown". 
  39. ^ "Big Brown Breakdown Live". 
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  41. ^ "Hollywood Improv Comedy Club tonight 8pm". 
  42. ^ "Brendan Schaub". 
  44. ^ "The Money Tour". 
  45. ^ "This Is Not Happening with Joey Diaz (Special Event)". 
  46. ^ "Former Heavyweight Brendan Schaub Joins Bellator NYC Pre-Show on Spike TV". Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  48. ^ "Showtime Brings In Brendan Schaub For #MayMac". 
  49. ^ "Schaub names his son "Tiger Schaub"". 

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