|Born||Brendan Peter Schaub
March 18, 1983
Aurora, Colorado, United States
|Other names||Big Brown, The Hybrid (former)|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Team||Reign Training Center
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
|Rank||Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts exhibition record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brendan Peter Schaub (born March 18, 1983) is a retired American mixed martial artist, podcaster, a former professional football player for the AFL's Utah Blaze, and a former member of the Buffalo Bills practice squad. He was a finalist and the runner-up of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights He co-hosts The Fighter and the Kid, a weekly MMA podcast on Fox Sports, with comedian Bryan Callen. Schaub appears on The Joe Rogan Experience occasionally.
Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Debra and Peter Schaub. He is of German, Native American, Samoan, Italian, and English descent. He was an all-state performer in football and lacrosse at Overland High School. After high school he attended Division III sprinting 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 in Boulder, first playing tight end before moving to fullback. He went on to appear in 26 games during his career at Colorado with no starts. After college, Schaub played professional football in the Arena Football League with the Utah Blaze and also spent time on the practice squad for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. He was a special guest on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures where they investigated the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion.
Mixed martial arts
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 Tae Kwon Do and Karate. He began boxing and practicing jiu-jitsu before he started his NFL career, primarily as a means of staying in shape. He found UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt's gym, High Altitude Martial Arts located in Denver. It was there and also at the Grudge Training Center, where Schaub splits his time, that 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 became a Colorado Golden Gloves boxing champ and was later awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The Ultimate Fighter
Schaub competed on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad. Schaub along with James McSweeney were the two fighters Rashad Evans wanted most as they both train 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 in the second round against teammate, Jon Madsen.
In the semifinals, Schaub defeated Marcus Jones of Team Rampage via knockout in the first round. This win advanced Schaub to The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, where he lost by knockout in the first round to Roy Nelson.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Schaub rebounded from his loss to Nelson with a 47-second TKO win over Chase Gormley at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones.
Schaub made his main card debut at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California on October 23, 2010. His opponent was former UFC heavyweight title challenger, Gabriel Gonzaga. For the first time in Schaub's career, the fight made it past the first round, and went the full distance in which Schaub was declared the winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Schaub had expressed interest in fighting Frank Mir or Mirko Filipović in his next fight and it appeared he would get his wish as a fight against Mir was tentatively booked for UFC 128 on March 19, 2011. However, Schaub instead faced Mirko Filipović at the event, a day after his 28th birthday. Schaub won the Knockout of the Night honors with a third round KO victory after landing a well placed counter-punch.
Schaub/Johnson instead took place on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Schaub used his wrestling to control Johnson on the ground for a majority of all three rounds and won via unanimous decision. Johnson tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post-fight drug test.
Schaub was expected to face Matt Mitrione on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. However, in mid-July, Mitrione pulled out of the bout citing an injury and Schaub was pulled from the event as well. The bout eventually took place on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165. Schaub won the fight via first round submission, the first submission win of his professional MMA career. It was also the first D'arce choke in Heavyweight History.
Schaub has announced that he will move down to the 205 pound Light Heavyweight division. He has since stated that he is unsure whether he will compete in MMA again, citing the UFC's new Reebok sponsorship, injuries and his success outside of fighting. On October 12th 2015, he posted on social media that he is retiring from MMA to further pursue his career in entertainment.
Schaub received permission from 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. 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. After the 20 minutes lapsed, the judges unanimously decided the match in Abreu's favor. During the post-fight interview Brendan Schaub, confused about the crowd's reaction, claimed that viewers were uninformed: "They don't understand what they were seeing." and also previous opponents of Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu claiming that they "fell for his game, and weren't able to neutralize him".
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ring of Fire
- Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||10 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||10–5||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|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 Filipović||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||TKO (punches)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||1||1:07||Las Vegas, 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||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost TUF 10.|
|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||TKO (knee injury)||UWC: Confrontation||October 11, 2008||1||1:07||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jay Lester||TKO (punches)||ROF 32 - Respect||June 13, 2008||1||0:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|Win||3-0||Marcus Jones||KO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||1||2:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals|
|Win||2–0||Jon Madsen||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||2||1:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Quarter-finals|
|Win||1–0||Demico Rogers||Submission (anaconda choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||1||3:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout|
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