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Schaub in 2016
Brendan Peter Schaub

(1983-03-18) March 18, 1983 (age 40)
Other names "Big Brown"
"The Hybrid"
"The Sting"
Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder
Occupation Podcast host, comedian
Known for
  • The Fighter and the Kid
  • Big Brown Breakdown
  • BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub
  • King and The Sting and Wing
  • Golden Hour
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Brendan Peter Schaub (born March 18, 1983) is an American podcast host, former professional mixed martial artist, and stand-up comedian. He is the host of The Fighter and the Kid podcast, the Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub podcast, and co-host of the Golden Hour podcast, along with fellow comedians Chris D'Elia and Erik Griffin. After signing with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2009 to compete on The Ultimate Fighter, he fought for the company until 2014. He officially retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2015. Since 2015, Schaub has been performing stand-up comedy, initially as a duo act with comedian Bryan Callen, but more recently as a solo comedian. Schaub released his debut comedy special titled You'd Be Surprised in 2019 followed by his second special, The Gringo Papi in 2022.

Early life and education

Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, to an English mother Debra and an American father Peter Schaub. He is of German, Italian, and English descent. His father is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. While at Overland High School, Schaub lettered two years varsity lacrosse and one year varsity American football. He received no college athletic scholarship offers but he tried out for both the football team and lacrosse team at Whittier College and was accepted to both. Prior to his junior year, he transferred to the University of Colorado to play football full-time where he redshirted his first season. Following college, Schaub went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft but would be signed with the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze, before being released in November 2006 without making the roster. He was once more signed to the Blaze in February 2007 but waived two days later. Schaub then retired from the sport in 2007.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

After retiring from football, Schaub returned to Colorado where he began training in boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After only six months of training in boxing, Schaub competed in amateur boxing and won the Colorado novice-division Golden Gloves heavyweight title. Schaub later began training at High Altitude Martial Arts located in Aurora and the Grudge Training Center in Arvada, where he met UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin. The two became friends as well as training partners. After this, he began his professional career in mixed martial arts (MMA), mainly competing in Colorado. Schaub started his career with a 4–0 record and won the heavyweight title for the Ring of Fire organization.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighter

In 2009, Schaub signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to compete on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Schaub was the number two pick for coach Rashad. In his first fight on the show, he faced Demico Rogers, defeating him via first round submission with an anaconda choke to move onto the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, Schaub won his fight by KO (punch) in the second round against Jon Madsen.

In the semi-finals, Schaub defeated Marcus Jones via KO (punches) in the first round.

Schaub made his official UFC debut when he faced Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale. Schaub lost via KO (punch) in the first round.

UFC Heavyweight division

In his second UFC bout, Schaub had a 47-second TKO (punches) win over Chase Gormley at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.

Schaub next fought Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 116. Schaub won the bout via TKO (punches) in the first round.

Schaub would then face Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121. Schaub won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27).

Schaub and Frank Mir were tentatively booked for a contest at UFC 128 on March 19, 2011. However, Schaub instead faced Mirko Cro Cop at the event. Schaub won the contest via third-round KO (punch) and was awarded the Knockout of the Night bonus.

On August 27, 2011, at UFC 134, Schaub lost to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (punches) in the first round.

He lost his second straight fight, also via KO (punches) to Ben Rothwell on April 21, 2012, at UFC 145.

Schaub was expected to face Lavar Johnson on December 8, 2012, at UFC on Fox 5. However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with a groin injury and Schaub was pulled from the card as well. Schaub fought Johnson on February 23, 2013, at UFC 157. Schaub won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27). After, it was announced Johnson tested positive for elevated 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 defeated Mitrione in the first round via D'Arce choke.

Schaub fought returning former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014, with Arlovski winning via split decision.

On December 6, 2014, at UFC 181, Schaub lost via TKO (punches) in the first round to Travis Browne. Days after the fight, Schaub's friend and UFC commentator Joe Rogan had a joint podcast with Schaub and Bryan Callen where Rogan and Callen advised Schaub to retire from MMA and pursue a career in comedy.

On October 10, 2015, Schaub was a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and announced his retirement from MMA.

Despite having retired from MMA, Schaub continued training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. On May 29, 2021, was promoted to the rank of black belt in the sport.

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur boxing

  • Golden Gloves
    • Colorado Heavyweight Golden Gloves (2008)

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
By knockout 7 4
By submission 1 0
By decision 2 1
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, 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 TKO (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 The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Tournament final.
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
Win 2–0 Jon Madsen KO (punch) 2 1:39
Win 1–0 Demico Rogers Submission (anaconda choke) 1 3:17

Entertainment career


In 2013, Schaub and Bryan Callen started their podcast titled The Fighter and the Kid. The shows were produced by FOX network until a contract dispute in 2016. They then left the network and began producing the podcast themselves. Schaub and Callen also began touring to perform shows that were a mix between a live podcast and duo stand-up comedy act.

In December 2016, Schaub launched a solo podcast, titled Big Brown Breakdown. The podcast focuses on topics related to combat sports, mainly mixed martial arts.

On the January 30 episode of Big Brown Breakdown, Schaub generated controversy when he suggested that the UFC On Fox panel of presenters had been selected based on race for the sake of diversity. "Sometimes you look at UFC Tonight and you're like, 'Alright, is that the best panel possible? Or are you just trying to check off the boxes?'" Schaub questioned. "We get it, UFC Tonight FOX, you're not racist. We get it, you have an all-black panel. We get it. Woah, we get it. We get it, man."

In February 2018, Schaub partnered with Showtime to rebrand his solo podcast to the name "BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub". They also released a web show of the same name where Schaub would serve as the host.

On December 21, 2018, Schaub and Theo Von announced the creation of a new podcast titled "King and the Sting". On January 13, 2022, Schaub and Von added Chris D'Elia to the podcast, renaming it to "King and the Sting and Wing".

On November 4, 2022, "King and the Sting and Wing" was officially renamed "The Golden Hour", with Erik Griffin Replacing Theo Von.

Stand-up comedy

"The Fighter and the Kid"
Schaub (right) and Bryan Callen (left) performing a live show

After retiring from mixed martial arts in 2014, Schaub began pursuing a stand-up comedy career. At first, he toured and performed with Bryan Callen until August 10, 2016, when he debuted as a solo comedian at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, California. In January 2019 Brendan Schaub filmed his first ever Showtime comedy special, You'd Be Surprised, which debuted on May 18, 2019. Schaub released his second comedy special available through streaming on YouTube titled The Gringo Papi on April 28, 2022.

Television and film

In 2016, Schaub and Callen released a sketch comedy series on iTunes titled The Fighter and the Kid 3D.

Schaub made his feature film debut in the 2016 movie Range 15.

In 2017, Schaub was brought on by Showtime for commentary and analysis surrounding the Mayweather/McGregor boxing match alongside Mauro Ranallo, Paulie Malignaggi, and Brian Custer

In 2018, Schaub began working for E! Entertainment news co-hosting the after-shows of the Golden Globes, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Grammy Awards. Also in 2018, Schaub began serving as a panelist for the television show Bravo's Play-By-Play on Bravo network. Schaub made his second feature film appearance in the 2020 David Ayer movie The Tax Collector.


During his fighting career Schaub had sponsors. Notably Big Rentals Construction Company,, the Reign Training Center, Box N Burn Gym, Soul Electronics, and Alchemist Management.

Other ventures

In 2023, Schaub launched a whisky brand called Tiger Thiccc Whiskey. In a 2022 article by Dallas News, the name is said to come from "the superior nature of a tiger that allows him (Brendan Schaub) to overcome adversity from the moment he is born."


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Ultimate Fighter Himself Television series
2016 The Fighter and The Kid 3D Himself Web series
2016 Range 15 Guard Schaub Film
2018–current BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub Himself Web show
2018–current Bravo's Play-By-Play Himself Television series
2020 The Tax Collector Negro Film

Personal life

Schaub is engaged to long-time girlfriend Joanna Zanella and they have two sons, born in 2016 and 2019. He has one brother named Jay. Schaub previously had a brief relationship with Ronda Rousey. He supports sports teams of Denver, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California, as well as the Cleveland Browns. Schaub is an avid fan of fashion and automobiles. According to Schaub, after getting a broken nose in his fight with Mirko Cro Cop, he was prescribed oxycontin for recovery and spent months addicted to them. In May 2021, Schaub was promoted to black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after 14 years of training.

See also

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