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 33)
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder
Occupation Actor
Talk show host
Mixed martial artist
Years active 2008 - present
Known for The Fighter & The Kid

Mixed martial arts career

Brendan Schaub, co-host of "The Fighter and the Kid" Podcast.jpg
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, GJJ, TKD, Karate,
Team Reign Training Center
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Black House
High Altitude MMA
Box N Burn
Rank Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
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, a former professional football player, and a retired mixed martial artist. He was a finalist and the runner-up of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.[3] He co-hosts The Fighter and the Kid, a weekly podcast with comedian Bryan Callen, as well as his own podcast called Big Brown Breakdown.[4] Schaub also regularly appears on The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan's podcast devoted to, among other things, mixed martial arts.


Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Debra and Peter Schaub.[5] He is of German, Italian, and English descent.[6] 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 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.[7] 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.[3] He was a special guest on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures.

Personal life[edit]

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

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,[8] and garners over four million downloads per month.[9] The podcast has featured such guests as Rob Dyrdek,[10] Conor McGregor,[11] Bill Burr,[12] and 50 Cent,[13] among many others.[14] 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 Wilbur Theatre (Boston); culminating at the infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles.[15] Schaub made his solo stand-up comedy debut on August 10, 2016 at the Comedy Store.[16]

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.[17] The series was ranked the #1 Comedy TV show on iTunes when it debuted in May 2016; surpassing the likes of Inside Amy Schumer, Key And Peele, and Tosh.0 on the charts.[18] The Fighter and the Kid 3D also ranked #3 most downloaded TV show overall on the iTunes charts, topping hit series such as Game of Thrones and Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Schaub and Callen regularly appear alongside Joe Rogan during live UFC broadcasts for what is known as the "Fight Companion" podcast.[19] They also appeared on the MTV show Ridiculousness, hosted by Rob Dyrdek, in June 2016[20] and again in September 2016.[21]

Stand Up Comedy[edit]

In addition to the "The Fighter and the Kid" Live shows, Schaub also performs regular sets as a solo comedian at such venues as the world famous Comedy Store,[22] Hollywood Improv,[23] and The Laugh Factory.[24]

Mixed martial arts[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 Tae Kwon Do and Karate[citation needed]. He began boxing and practicing jiu-jitsu before he started his NFL career, primarily as a means of staying in shape. After only six months of training in boxing, Schaub won a 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 became a Colorado Golden Gloves boxing champ and was later awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[25]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Schaub competed on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad.[26] 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[edit]

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

Schaub fought Chris Tuchscherer, the main training partner for former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar at UFC 116. Schaub won the bout via first round brutal 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 Filipović in his next fight and a fight against Mir was tentatively booked for UFC 128 on March 19, 2011.[27] However, instead Schaub faced Mirko Filipović 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.[28][29][30]

On August 27, 2011 at UFC 134, Schaub lost to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (punches) in the first round.[31] He lost his second straight fight, also via KO (punches), to Ben Rothwell on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[32]

Schaub was expected to face Lavar Johnson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[33] However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with a groin injury and Schaub was pulled from the card as well.[34] Schaub fought Johnson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[35] 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.[36]

Schaub was expected to face Matt Mitrione on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[37] However, in mid-July, Mitrione pulled out of the bout citing an injury and Schaub was pulled from the event as well.[38] The bout eventually took place on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[39] 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.

Schaub fought returning former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014;[40][41] Arlovski won 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 by Travis Browne.[42]

Soon after the fight, Schaub's friend UFC color commentator Joe Rogan publicly advised him that he did not believe Schaub could beat the elite fighters in the UFC heavyweight division.[43] Six months later, Schaub announced that he would move down to the Light Heavyweight division,[44] but later that year, he stated that he was unsure whether he would compete in MMA again, citing the UFC's new Reebok sponsorship, injuries and his successful entertainment career outside of fighting.[45] On October 12, 2015, he posted on social media that he is retiring from MMA.[46]

Metamoris 2[edit]

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.[47] 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.[48] 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[edit]

Mixed martial arts[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 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 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 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 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

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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