Being one of the main sparring partners for top heavyweight contender Shane Carwin can’t be an easy job, but that’s exactly what Brendan Schaub does to prepare himself each and every day to get ready for his next move in the world of MMA. That next move starts this week as Schaub debuts on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10.
A former University of Colorado football player, Schaub will also be joining MMAWeekly Radio each and every week following the latest episode of the reality show to give his thoughts and serve as a special correspondent to the show.
Currently sporting a perfect 4-0 record in professional MMA, he started his training alongside Carwin at Nate Marquardt’s gym in Colorado and the rest is history.
“Basically I started off doing jiu-jitsu and amateur boxing. I was an amateur Golden Gloves boxing heavyweight champion out here in Colorado, and I grew up just like anyone else playing football, doing martial arts, and I’m trying to make the transition into it,” Schaub told MMAWeekly Radio in a May 2009 interview.
“I was at the gym in Aurora, High Altitude, Nate Marquardt’s gym, and big Shane Carwin was there and we both started at the same time doing jiu-jitsu and it was kind of like, ‘you’re a giant meathead, you’re a giant meathead, why don’t you two work together?’ We just started training together and kind of came up together.”
Another giant heavyweight much like Carwin, Schaub may not have as many fights as his friend and training partner, but much like the current UFC contender he has a propensity for putting away opponents early. Schaub’s longest fight currently stands at 1:27, finishing every fight early in the first round.
Believing that it takes more than one skill set to be dominant in MMA, Schaub takes his training very seriously and he hopes it will pay off during The Ultimate Fighter.
“If you’re just a wrestler you’re going to get knocked out. If you’re just a boxer, you’re going to get taken down and ground and pounded. The way I approached it I just take it one step at a time,” Schaub said. “I trained two years straight just training every day with the pros, not competing. I’d compete in jiu-jitsu tournaments and boxing smoker fights, but nothing at the professional level. If you try to do everything at once you’re going to overwhelm yourself.”
The training period is over as Schaub moves into The Ultimate Fighter house and competes for his place in the UFC heavyweight division, and MMAWeekly Radio is proud to have him as a correspondent for this monumental season.