Brendan Schaub

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Brendan Schaub
Born Brendan Peter Schaub
(1983-03-18) March 18, 1983 (age 32)
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Other names Big Brown, 100%, The Hybrid (former)
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)[1]
Team Reign Training Center
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Black House
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 retired 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[3] 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. He also appeared in a season 15 episode of Mythbusters, helping the mythbusters test video game myths.


Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Debra and 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 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.[6] 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.[3] He was a special guest on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures where they investigated the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion.

Personal life[edit]

Schaub is known to have been in a relationship with former bantamweight UFC champion, Ronda Rousey from 2013 to July 2014.[7] Along with Bryan Callen, he makes the Fighter and the Kid Podcast on Fox Sports.

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 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.[8]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Schaub competed on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad.[9] 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 TKO.

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.[10] 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.[11][12][13]

Schaub faced Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[14] Schaub lost the fight via KO (punches) in the first round.

Schaub lost his second straight fight to Ben Rothwell via KO on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[15]

Schaub was expected to face Lavar Johnson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[16] However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with a groin injury and Schaub was pulled from the card altogether.[17]

Schaub/Johnson instead took place on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[18] 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.[19]

Schaub was expected to face Matt Mitrione on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[20] However, in mid-July, Mitrione pulled out of the bout citing an injury and Schaub was pulled from the event as well.[21] The bout eventually took place on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[22] 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 faced returning former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014.[23][24] He lost the fight via split decision.

Schaub faced Travis Browne on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[25] He lost the bout via TKO in the first round.

Schaub has announced that he will move down to the 205 pound Light Heavyweight division.[26] 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.[27] On October 12th 2015, he posted on social media that he is retiring from MMA to further pursue his career in entertainment.

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.[28] 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.[29] 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 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 KO (punches) 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[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 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 174 Johnson vs. Bagautinov". Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-05-10). "Brendan Schaub shows discipline matters in MMA - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Fight". 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Archives | The Dallas Morning News,". 2004-05-20. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Twitter". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Schaub, Brendan - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado". 1983-03-18. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  7. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Ronda Rousey and Brendan Schaub break up - Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums". 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  8. ^ "MMA Elite Prospect Profile: Brendan Schaub Part II". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" | News –". 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  10. ^ "Brendan Schaub vs. Frank Mir targeted for early-2011 UFC event". MMAjunkie. 
  11. ^ "CroCop vs. Schaub at UFC 128". December 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Schaub-‘Cro Cop’ Signed for UFC 128". December 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ "UFC 128 bonuses: Schaub, Koch, Barboza and Njokuani each earn $70K | News –". 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  14. ^ "UFC confirms Brendan Schaub vs. "Big Nog" at UFC 134 in Brazil". 2011-05-16. 
  15. ^ "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". January 20, 2012. 
  16. ^ "UFC on FOX 5 adds Johnson-Schaub". August 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ Staff (2012-11-30). "Pulled groin forces Lavar Johnson out of UFC on FOX 5 bout with Brendan Schaub". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  18. ^ "Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson now targeted for UFC 157". December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "UFC cuts Lavar Johnson following failed drug test, UFC 157 loss". March 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Matt Mitrione no longer suspended, meets Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8". April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-07-10). "Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub off UFC on FOX 8 card". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  22. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-07-20). "Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione moved to UFC 165 in Toronto". Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  23. ^ Cole, Ross (26 April 2014). "Andrei Arlovski Vs Brendan Schaub Set For UFC 174 In June". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  24. ^ O'Sullivan, Danny (28 April 2014). "Watch Andrei Arlovski And Brendan Schaub Talk About Their Upcoming Fight". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  25. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-09-09). "Travis Browne returns to meet Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 in December". Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  26. ^ Damon Martin (2015-03-28). "Brendan Schaub officially announces move down to 205-pounds". Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  27. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-10-10). "UFC's Brendan Schaub makes decision to stop fighting: 'I won't do the game a disservice'". Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  28. ^ "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. 
  29. ^ "Metamoris 2 results: Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu embarrasses Brendan Schaub". June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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