Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (8-1) has parted ways with famed Grudge Training Center founded by head coach Trevor Wittman. The Colorado native has now decided to spend more time at Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, N.M.
“The thing at Grudge, Shane (Carwin) got done with his fight and has had some injuries, so he hasn’t really been around and Shane’s usually my main training partner,” Schaub told MMAWeekly Radio.
“Trevor Wittman, my boxing coach, he hasn’t had a lot of time with his family and he’s decided to step back and spend more time with his family and less focus on the upper level guys in the gym because we require so much of his time. We both agreed to go our separate ways and I needed a little change-up in my career so I went to go work with different guys.”
Since his departure from Grudge, Schaub, in addition to being at Jackson’s, has spent time in Florida at Imperial Athletics, and Renzo Gracie’s school in New York. The idea for “The Hybrid” to travel more and get different looks came from UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who explained to Schaub the importance of not staying in the same place.
“I went down to Florida to work with Rashad and his camp, I’ve been to Renzo’s in New York, and obviously I’ve been here in Albuquerque working at Jackson’s. I couldn’t ask for tougher training partners in Andrei Arlovski, Jon Jones, Brian Stann, Keith Jardine; they just have a non-stop flow of monsters.
“I think I got the idea from Georges St-Pierre. He told me, ‘you can’t just go where it’s convenient, man. You might have a gym up the road, but it’s not great work. You got to pay your dues. If it’s expensive to fly everywhere, it’s something you got to do,’ and I agree with that 100 percent.”
The proof will be in the pudding, as they say, when Schaub steps into the Octagon at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night to square off with former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.