Brendan Peter Schaub is a former mixed martial artist who ventured into being a stand-up comedian and podcast host. Schaub is currently married to Joanna Zanella and they have two sons named Tiger and Boston.
Schaub is of German, Italian, and English descent but he was born and raised in Colorado. As a child, he got interested in martial arts, and it was his father who thought to enroll him in a taekwondo class. On his way to college, he wasn’t offered any athletic scholarship, although he tried out for the football and lacrosse team and eventually, got accepted. During his junior year, he transferred to the University of Colorado, where he played football. He signed with the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze, but he retired from football eventually.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship Career
After Schaub retired from football, he decided to train in boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and after 6 months, he went to compete for the Colorado novice-division Golden Gloves heavyweight title and won it. In 2009, he signed with the UFC to compete for The Ultimate Fighter and he was assigned to Coach Rashad. During the first round, he was pitted against Demico Rogers and he won by submission. On his official debut as a UFC fighter, he fought Roy Nelson but Schaub was defeated via KO in the first round.
Schaub’s Television Show and Podcast
Schaub shifted to podcasting and collaborated with Bryan Callen in a show called “The Fighter and the Kid” on the FOX Network. In 2016, he launched his very own podcast called Big Brown Breakdown, where it talks about combat sports. Even after getting success with the podcast, he ventured to stand-up comedy and debuted at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He also had a comedy special called “You’d Be Surprised”. He also worked for E! Entertainment and has been co-hosting to some prestigious awards shows. He also made an appearance in the film, The Tax Collector.