Brendan Schaub Biography

Published on Nov 17, 2023 by


Brendan Peter Schaub(“Big Brown”) was born on March 18, 1983, and He is a comedian, podcast presenter, and former professional mixed martial fighter from the United States. He co-hosts “the King and the Sting” podcast with fellow comedian “Theo Von.” He also hosts podcasts such as “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast, “THE BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub” podcast. After signing a contract with the organization in 2009 to participate in The Ultimate Fighter, he competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) until 2014. In 2015, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA). Schaub has been doing stand-up comedy since 2015, first as part of a duet with comic Bryan Callen and then as a solo act. In 2019, Schaub launched his debut comedy special, “You’d Be Surprised.” Brendan Schaub’s net worth is predicted to be $2 million in 2021.

Net Worth $2 Million
Age 37
Country of Origin: United States of America
Source of Wealth: Professional MMA Fighter, Podcast host, Talk-show, Stand-up comedy, Acting, Commentator, Endorsements
Residence Los Angeles, California
Endorsements As an MMA fighter, Schaub had many sponsors. Notably Big Rentals Construction Company,, the Reign Training Center, Box N Burn Gym, Soul Electronics, Alchemist Management
Marital Status Engaged/Married to Joanna Zanella Schaub
Charities Tim Tebow Foundation
Last Updated 2021

Early life and education

Brendan Schaub was born and reared in Aurora, Colorado, to Debra Schaub, an English mother, and Peter Schaub, an American father. He is connected from German, Italian, and English origins. His father is a taekwondo second-degree black belt. Schaub lettered two years on the varsity lacrosse team and one year on the varsity American football team at Overland High School. He did not get any collegiate athletic scholarship offers, but he tried out for and was admitted to both the football and lacrosse teams at Whittier College. He transferred to the University of Colorado to play football full-time before his junior year, redshirting his first season.

After college, Brendan Schaub went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft, but the Buffalo Bills signed him to their practice squad. Before the regular season, he was dismissed from the team and marked with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League. In 2007, Schaub announced his retirement from the sport.


Mixed Martial Arts career

Brendan Schaub begins boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training. Brendan Schaub competed in amateur boxing and won the Colorado Golden Gloves novice-division heavyweight title after only six months of preparation. He then embarked on a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, mostly competing in Colorado. Schaub began his career with a 4–0 record and the heavyweight title of the Ring of Fire organization.

Brendan Schaub joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2009 to compete on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. In his first fight on the show, he faced Demico Rogers and won via first-round submission using an anaconda choke to progress to the quarter-finals. Schaub made his official UFC debut when he faced Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale. A blow knocked out Schaub in the first round. On October 10, 2015, Schaub announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Brendan Schaub continued to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, although he had been out of MMA for a long time. On May 29, 2021, he was upgraded to the rank of black belt in the sport.

Entertainment career


Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen launched their podcast “The Fighter and The Kid” in 2013. Until a contract disagreement in 2016, the programs were produced by the FOX network. Schaub began his podcast, Big Brown Breakdown, in December 2016. The podcast focuses on combat sports, particularly mixed martial arts.

Brendan Schaub teamed with Showtime in February 2018 to rename his solo podcast “BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub.” They also announced an online program with the same name, with Schaub as the host. On December 21, 2018, Schaub and Theo Von announced “King and the Sting,” a new podcast.

Comedic stand-up

Brendan Schaub began pursuing a stand-up comedy career after retiring from mixed martial arts in 2014. He first traveled and performed alongside Bryan Callen until August 10, 2016, when he made his solo debut at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Brendan Schaub recorded his first-ever Showtime comedy special, “You’d Be Surprised,” in January 2019, and it premiered on May 18, 2019.

Television and cinema

Brendan Schaub and Callen released a sketch comedy series called The Fighter and the Kid 3D on iTunes in 2016. Schaub first appeared in a feature film in the 2016 film Range 15. Showtime hired Brendan Schaub, Mauro Ranallo, Paulie Malignaggi, and Brian Custer to provide commentary and analysis for the Mayweather/McGregor boxing bout in 2017.

Championship and awards

Amateur boxing

  • Golden Gloves
    • Colorado Heavyweight Golden Gloves (2008)

Mixed martial arts

Brendan Schaub’s wife and Personal life 

Brendan Schaub is engaged to long-time girlfriend Joanna Zanella, and the couple has two boys (Tiger and Boston), who were born in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Joanna Zanella is an actress who has been in television shows such as Sin Verguenza, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and Reality Terror Night.

Jay is his only sibling. Schaub previously dated Ronda Rousey for a short time. He is a fan of the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Cleveland Browns. Schaub is a fashion and automobile lover. He has prescribed Oxycontin tablets for rehabilitation after breaking his nose in a fight with Mirko Cro Cop, and he became hooked to them for months. After 14 years of training, Schaub was upgraded to black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in May 2021.

Brendan Schaub’s net worth for the year 2021 

Brendan Schaub’s net worth is predicted to be $2 million in 2021. After quitting mixed martial arts (MMA) and being undrafted in the National Football League (NFL), he has continued to succeed in his endeavors. Brendan Schaub is a well-known stand-up comedian, podcast host, and talk show presenter. He’s also a regular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience, hosted by UFC analyst and comedian Joe Rogan, and is one of the world’s most popular podcasts.

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